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Preliminary report: Heater a focus in Kansas plane crash that killed four with ORU ties

By DAVID HARPER - Tulsa World Modified: June 21, 2013 at 8:31 am •  Published: June 21, 2013

Investigators searching for the cause of the May 2012 plane crash that killed four people with ties to Oral Roberts University have examined a heater that the sole survivor said created a "terrible smell" when the pilot turned it on.

The heater found in the wreckage of the eight-passenger 1991 twin-engine Cessna, which crashed May 11, 2012, near Chanute, Kan., was examined at Cessna Aircraft Co. under the auspices of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, an NTSB report says.

The plane had departed from Tulsa's Jones Riverside Airport and was en route to a Christian youth rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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