NASA researcher from California dies in Oklahoma plane crash

Sunday, September 18th 2005, 6:42 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A woman killed in a plane crash was identified Monday as Marta Bohn-Meyer, a NASA researcher from California, authorities said.

Bohn-Meyer of Tehachapi, Calif., was practicing for an upcoming air show in a single-engine aircraft when the plane crashed about 11:45 a.m. Sunday in western Oklahoma City near Interstate 40, said Kevin Rowland, chief investigator for the Medical Examiner's Office. She was alone in the airplane.

``In this case, her husband, coach and a couple of ground-crew members were on the ground and witnessed the crash,'' Rowland said.

Oklahoma City Police Department Lt. Don Holland said the aircraft, a Giles G-300, had just left the Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport when witnesses reported seeing part of it fall to the ground.

Holland said the plane then dove sharply and crashed.

An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board was en route to the crash scene Monday morning, NTSB officials said.