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.”
The plane, which took off from Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport in Tulsa about 2 p.m., was headed to the South Bend Regional Airport, said Alexis Higgins with the Tulsa Airport Authority.
The pilot reported electrical problems shortly after 4 p.m. The plane briefly touched down about 4:25 p.m. and took off again, authorities said.
Federal investigators said the plane attempted to land a second time before crashing. The cockpit voice recorder was recovered from the plane.
The plane struck three houses, injuring resident Diana McKeown.
Part of the plane was lodged in McKeown's house. She was listed in fair condition Monday at the South Bend hospital, Scroope said.
Several hundred residents were evacuated from the neighborhood as the plane leaked jet fuel. Residents were allowed to return to their homes Monday.
According to the FAA's aircraft registration, Cave's plane is registered to 7700 Enterprises of Montana LLC out of Helena, Mont., which does business in Tulsa as DigiCut Systems and is owned by Caves.
The Associated Press