Fiery Plane Crash Leaves One Dead, Two Hurt

Saturday, March 17th 2007, 6:13 pm
By: News On 6

MARIETTA, Okla. (AP) Authorities say one person is dead and two are hurt after a plane crashes and burst into flames near a restaurant in southern Oklahoma.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig says the twin-engine Beech 58 aircraft went down at the McGeehee Catfish Restaurant airstrip near Marietta about 2:55 p.m.

Herwig says investigators don't know where the aircraft was coming from but it's registered in the Dallas area.

The conditions of the two injured survivors weren't immediately known. A fourth person wasn't hurt.

Herwig says investigators think the landing gear may have failed as the pilot tried to land and the aircraft then spun off the runway.

Restaurant manager Wanda Shellenberger says no one in the restaurant knew about the crash until a woman ran in and said a plane had burst into flames.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board in Fort Worth, Texas and the FAA in Oklahoma City are en route.