ARDMORE — A man died Saturday afternoon after a small airplane crashed near Ardmore, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
The 63-year-old man, whose name was not released Saturday, was piloting a 1967 Piper Cherokee about 2:15 p.m. The airplane crashed about one mile south of the Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport, troopers said. The man died at the scene.
A 58-year-old passenger, whose name was not released, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Dallas and was admitted in critical condition, troopers said.
The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.