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Update: OSU Fatal Plane Crash

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(KATV) - It's been 10 years and 10 months since the plane crash that killed 10 people with the OSU men's basketball program, Thursday they endured another tragedy.

Thursday, Oklahoma state women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and his assistant coach Miranda Serna died in a plane crash. The pilot, former Oklahoma state Sen. Olin Branstetter,82, and his wife, Paula, 79, also died.

Federal investigators are now saying weather conditions are likely not a factor in the plane crash.

The plane crashed in the Winona Wildlife Management Area near Perryville, about 45 miles west of Little Rock.

NTBS investigators say when the plane went down the skies were clear and winds were calm. They are now focusing their investigation on the pilot, air frame and the possibility that the pilot loss control.

Investigators do say there's no evidence that would question the pilot's qualifications to fly the plane.

OSU is holding a memorial service at the basketball arena there Monday at 1 p.m.

 

 


Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed in a plane crash in Perry county during a recruiting trip.

 

OSU spokesperson Gary Shutt confirmed during a press conference that Former Oklahoma State Senator Olin Branstetter and his wife Paula were also killed in the fatal crash.

The Petit Jean Headlight is reporting that the former senator was flying the plane when it went down near Perryville. The Branstetters owned the Piper Cherokee aircraft.

The group left Ponca City, Okla. and were en route to Little Rock to watch high school basketball games when the plane crashed near the top of a ridge in a heavily wooded area.

The National Transportation Board is investigating the circumstances of the crash. The FAA, Piper Aircraft and Lycoming are also investigating the accident.

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Oklahoma State University President Burns Haggis issued the following statement:

"The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims.  Kurt was an exemplary leader and a man of character who had a profound impact on his student-athletes.  He was an outstanding coach and a wonderful person. We send our deepest sympathies to his wife, Shelley, and their children, Sara, Alex and Brett.  Coach Budke elevated our women's basketball program to new levels of success. He and his staff raised our profile in the nation's toughest conference.  Miranda was an up-and-coming coach and an outstanding role model for our young ladies."

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