Air Force training jet, small plane collide over Oklahoma

Tuesday, January 18th 2005, 12:42 pm
By: News On 6

FREDERICK, Okla. (AP) -- The identity of a crop-duster whose small plane collided with an Air Force training jet over southwestern Oklahoma has been released.

39-year-old Dierk Nash died in yesterday morning's collision near Frederick, Oklahoma.

Olney, Texas-based Air Tractor -- which made the plane Nash was flying -- says he was delivering the plane to a new owner in South Dakota when the crash happened.

The Air Force T-37 training jet was from Sheppard Air Force Base near Wichita Falls, Texas -- about 50 miles southeast of the crash site. Its two-man crew -- Captain Christopher Otis and Second Lieutenant Roderick James -- ejected safely from their plane and suffered minor injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Nash was an experienced agricultural pilot and owned a flying service in Wheatley, Arkansas.