Investigation continues into plane crash which killed to Okmulgee County men


Monday, December 13th 2004, 2:45 pm
By: News On 6


The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the cause of a plane crash northeast of Morris, Oklahoma in Okmulgee County.

The bi-plane went down just after 6 o'clock Sunday night, killing both men onboard. News on 6 reporter Heather Lewin says investigators were on scene early Monday morning. NTSB officials say it's too early to release anything on the official cause of the crash. Witnesses on the ground told authorities they thought the plane, which was a high-performance kit aircraft, was doing aerial stunts just before it hit the ground.

46- year old Clint DeArmond[pictured left] and 54-year old Edward Vaughn[pictured right] were killed in the crash. Family members say the two were close friends and experienced pilots. Victim’s brother David DeArmond: "And we still don't know why or how, I mean these guys were good pilots, Ed had been a pilot for along time, my brother had been a pilot for a long time, you don't just fall out of the sky."

The crash happened in a remote pasture, where rugged terrain made it difficult for rescuers to respond. A LifeFlight helicopter crew, first on the scene, confirmed there were no survivors.

The DeArmond's say both men had been pilots for more than a decade.