Pilot In Deadly Plane Crash Goes To Court

Wednesday, March 28th 2007, 10:32 am
By: News On 6

A Pryor man accused in an airplane crash last year that killed three of his passengers appeared in a Delaware County district court Wednesday morning. Brent Caldwell faces three counts of first degree manslaughter.

During his preliminary hearing, Caldwell's attorneys admitted he doesn't have a pilot's license and that the airplane stalled before it crashed into Grand Lake in December 2006. But his charges were amended Wednesday to take out any reference to him being drunk after the toxicology report was negative for alcohol. At the time, authorities believed he was under the influence of alcohol after investigators found four empty beer bottles in the plane.

Officials say it is possible Caldwell could reach a plea agreement but if not, the Delaware County district court judge will decide in April if he'll stand trial.

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