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Plane crash investigated

From Staff and Wire Reports Published: July 4, 2006
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Sh
e 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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