PERRYVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The plane carrying Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and an assistant crashed near the top of a ridge in a heavily wooded area in central Arkansas.
Perry County Sheriff Scott Montgomery says the plane went straight into the hillside late Thursday afternoon.
The sheriff says a witness heard the small plane's engine sputtering, then saw it go into a spiral and crash nose first. The plane clipped some treetops before impact.
Montgomery said nearby hunters were first on the scene and led rescuers to the crash site. Montgomery says the first deputy to reach the scene told him it was likely there were no survivors. All four aboard were killed, including assistant coach Miranda Serna.
The crash occurred about 45 miles northwest of Little Rock.