CHANUTE, Kan. — Two Oklahomans were among four men killed Friday in a fiery plane crash in southeastern Kansas.
Three men who graduated from Oral Roberts University last week were among the dead, and all five people involved in the crash had connections to the Tulsa university, the Tulsa World reported.
Garrett V. Coble, 29, of Tulsa, was killed when the 1991 fixed-
Austin G. Anderson, 27, of Ringwood, survived the crash but died about 5:30 a.m. Saturday at a hospital in Wichita, Kan.
The plane crashed just after 4:30 p.m. Friday. The aircraft was westbound when it landed in a field and skidded 200 feet, according to the patrol's crash log. The plane then hit a tree line, caught fire and spun around.
Also killed was the pilot, Luke F. Sheets, 23, of Ephraim, Wis., and Stephen J. Luth, 22, of Muscatine, Iowa.
Hannah Luce, 22, of Golden Valley, Texas, was taken to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, where she was listed in serious condition.
Sheets, Luth and Anderson graduated from Oral Roberts on May 5, and Luce was a previous graduate, the Tulsa World reported.
Coble, an assistant professor of marketing at Northeastern State University-
“Please pray for all of the families that lost loved ones and for Hannah in the hospital,” Oral Roberts President Mark Rutland said in a statement on the school's Facebook page. Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the plane took off from Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport south of Tulsa and was headed to Council Bluffs, Iowa, when the plane crashed.
Contact with the plane was lost shortly after air traffic control authorized a descent to a lower altitude, Knudson said.
The transportation safety board is investigating the accident, and a preliminary report will be issued within 10 business days.
The five people on the plane were headed to a Christian youth conference in Iowa, according to a statement issued Saturday by Texas-
Luce is daughter of Teen Mania founder, Ron Luce, a member of the Oral Roberts Board of Trustees.
Anderson and Luth recently were hired for the organization's marketing staff. Coble had been on 15 previous mission trips for the organization. Anderson was also a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps who served two tours in Iraq, according to a statement.
Contributing: The Tulsa World.