Investigators Continue To Work Owasso Fatal Plane Crash

Sunday, July 2nd 2006, 4:59 pm
By: News On 6

OWASSO, Okla. (AP) -- Investigators worked Monday to answer questions about an unusual airplane crash that killed a man and critically injured his grandson.

61-year-old William Barnes of Tulsa took off from a private northeast of Tulsa Sunday, traveled about two miles and safely landed the Cessna 180 airplane in a residential neighborhood.

He then tried to take off again. It's not clear why Barnes landed in the neighborhood near the private airstrip or tried to take off again rather than seek assistance.

National Transportation Safety Board representatives say the airplane clipped a traffic sign while taxiing and hit a power line after takeoff. The plane crashed nose-first into a suburban yard and burned.

Barnes died in the crash. His 11-year-old grandson, Beau Hall, remains in critical condition with injuries to his head, arms and legs.