Incident killed Tulsa man, injured his grandson, 11 OWASSO - Investigators worked Monday to answer questions about an unusual airplane crash that killed a man and critically injured his grandson. William Barnes, 61, took off Sunday from a private airstrip, traveled about two miles and safely landed the airplane, a Cessna 180, on a residential neighborhood street. He then tried to take off again. The four-seat airplane clipped a traffic sign while taxiing and hit a power line after takeoff. The plane crashed nose first into a suburban yard, National Transportation Safety Board representatives said. Barnes, a Tulsa resident, died in the crash. His grandson, Beau Hall, 11, remained in critical condition Monday with injuries to his head, arms and legs, a hospital spokeswoman said. It's not clear why Barnes landed in the neighborhood near the private airstrip, about 15 miles northeast of Tulsa, or why he tried to take off again rather than seek assistance. "Why was he landing here?" National Transportation Safety Board air safety investigator Tim LeBaron said Monday at a news conference in the yard where the plane crashed. "That's a good question. I don't know if we are ever going to know." The wreckage will remain in the yard pending an examination from representatives of an insurance agency. Belinda Robertson, who owns the property where the plane crashed, said Monday officials told her the aircraft should be moved by Wednesday. Tape was placed on Robertson's driveway to prevent trespassing, but she said her family can get in and out of their home. She said officials have made the situation easy on them. When the plane crashed on her property, the electricity flickered, and moments later a neighbor rang her doorbell. The plane was ablaze, and people were running around trying to save the man and his grandson. "They were very calm," Robertson said. "I wasn't, but they were." It's surprising that the boy is alive because of how bad the damage looked, she said. The grandfather was not removed from the plane until about 5 p.m. Sunday, Robertson said. Woodrow Hankins, Robertson's neighbor, said he didn't think anyone could survive the crash. "You hate to see it. It looked pretty bad," Hankins said. "I didn't know what happened. I just heard kind of a boom." After the crash, neighbors used fire extinguishers and water hoses to try to put out the flames until firefighters arrived. None of the witnesses mentioned any signs of the plane's engine sputtering before the accident, LeBaron said. There is a possibility that Barnes, who was bound for Bixby south of Tulsa, might have been trying to land at Gundy's Airport. Gundy's is surrounded by hangars and homes. The end of the apron at that airport is eight-tenths of a mile from the street where Barnes landed. Investigators were to finish on-site work by the end of the day Monday, LeBaron said. Checking the engine, which was removed and taken to Tulsa International Airport, should be completed by Wednesday, he said.
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