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4 killed, 1 injured in Kansas plane crash

May 12, 2012, 2:45 PM

CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) — An Oklahoma newspaper is reporting three recent graduates of Oral Roberts University and a former business instructor were killed when a small airplane crashed in Kansas.

The Tulsa World reports a fifth person, also an Oral Roberts graduate, was badly injured when the twin-engine Cessna crashed about 4:30 p.m. Friday northwest of Chanute.

The Kansas Highway Patrol identifies the victims as 23-year-old Luke Sheets of Ephraim, Wis., who was flying the plane; 27-year-old Austin Anderson of Ringwood, Okla.; 29-year-old Garrett Coble of Tulsa, Okla.; and 22-year-old Stephen Luth of Muscatine, Iowa.

Anderson survived the fiery plane crash but died of his injuries at a Wichita hospital. Luce was taken to a Kansas City Hospital.

The aircraft was westbound when it landed in a field about 9 miles west of Chanute, skidding 200 feet before hitting a tree line and bursting into flames, according to a report by the Kansas Highway Patrol. The plane spun 180 degrees before coming to rest facing eastbound.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the eight-seat plane departed left Tulsa headed to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and lost contact with air traffic control shortly after getting permission to descend to a lower altitude.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.