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UPDATE: Steve Davis, OU football quarterback, dies in Indiana airplane crash

University of Oklahoma legend Steve Davis was killed in an Indiana airplane crash. Davis was on an airplane that departed Tulsa and crashed Sunday night in South Bend, Ind.
By ADAM KEMP AND ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: March 19, 2013 at 12:08 am •  Published: March 18, 2013

The pilot of a doomed aircraft carrying University of Oklahoma football legend Steve Davis reported electrical issues shortly before the fatal crash that killed Davis and another man.

Davis, 60, and his friend, Wesley Caves, 58, both of Tulsa, died Sunday when Caves' Beechcraft Premier I twin-engine jet crashed into a neighborhood near South Bend, Ind.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported Davis and Caves, both licensed pilots, were the crew on the flight. Officials said it is unclear who was piloting the plane.

Family and friends said Davis had loved flying ever since high school.

Davis quarterbacked the Sooners to the team's 1974 and 1975 national championships. During his career, Davis went 32-1-1, including 28 straight victories.

Two passengers survived the crash. Jim Rodgers, of Tulsa, and Christopher Evans were taken to the South Bend Memorial Hospital.

Rodgers was listed in serious condition, and Evans was in fair condition, hospital spokeswoman Maggie Scroope said.

Rodgers is a 27-year veteran of the Tulsa Fire Department who retired as a captain about six years ago, Assistant Fire Marshall Stan May said. May said he thinks Evans is Rodgers' son-in-law.

“We know his wife and daughter are on their way there to be with them in Indiana,” May said Monday. “We just want to help them and support them any way we can. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.”

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