Last Thursday evening, the head women’s basketball coach for Oklahoma Statue University, Kurt Budke, and his assistant, Miranda Serna, were killed when their small, single-engine went down in an Arkansas Wildlife Management area. According to News Channel 4, the coaches died with the pilot of the PA-28 Cherokee aircraft, former State Senator Olin Branstetter, and his wife, Paula.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are still working to determine why the plane went down, but have determined the crash happened at 4:10 PM as the coaches were returning from a recruiting trip.
The crash happened 10 months after the 10th Anniversary of a plane crash that killed 10 members of the men’s basketball team as they returned home from a game. Since that crash, the school has required that all air crafts ridden by players undergo a vigorous inspection to ensure the plane is functioning correctly.
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