Plane Crash

Old 12-18-2006, 10:15 AM
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Anyone hear about a plane crash in Drowning Creek this weekend?

EDIT: Should have googled first.

Pilot in Okla. Crash Charged in 3 Deaths
The Associated Press
Sunday, December 17, 2006; 5:55 PM

JAY, Okla. -- A pilot who survived the crash of a small plane that killed three passengers was arrested Sunday and charged with manslaughter, authorities said.

Brent Caldwell, 30, did not have a valid pilot's license and was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the Saturday evening crash, said Trooper Kera Philippi, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman. The level of alcohol in his blood was not immediately available.

The fixed-wing, single-engine Bellanca registered to Caldwell crashed into Grand Lake, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Witnesses said they saw the plane flying very low but heard no engine noise before it struck the water.

The pilot told police the plane lost power before it hit the water. The plane was found in 10 to 12 feet of water, Philippi said.

The pilot stated he was flying to Tulsa, but his aircraft was traveling eastbound away from Tulsa when it went down, Philippi said. Jay is about 80 miles northeast of Tulsa.

Killed were Mariano Carlos, 15, and Eduardo Ortiz Robles, 20, and Campos Gonzalez, 33, the patrol said. They were pinned under water and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Caldwell hospitalized with head and internal injuries, authorities said. He was being held Sunday in jail. Authorities said no bond was set for him and that he is scheduled to appear before a judge Monday. Jail records did not indicate whether he had an attorney.

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I heard about this at dinner on Sat evening and wondered what went on. Now I know. Is it strange that this un-licensed, drunk pilot was carrying 3 young male latino passengers? Going to the chicken fields in Mo/Ark maybe?
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