A single-engine airplane crashed on the Will Rogers Turnpike Monday, killing a person aboard the craft.
MIAMI (AP) — A single-engine airplane crashed on the Will Rogers Turnpike Monday, killing a person aboard the craft.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown said a Cessna-type plane went down into the center wall dividing the turnpike lanes and landed on the westbound side.
“Right now, investigators are sifting through the scene,” Brown said. “Everything’s been contained in a small area.”
There was no information on the name of the victim.
Eyewitness Douglas Taylor told The Oklahoman that he knew the plane was in trouble when he walked out the front door of a nearby clinic.
“You could hear it sputtering something fierce,” Taylor said. “And I said, ‘Man, that plane just don’t sound right.”’
Taylor, a Miami resident, said the plane was out of control before the crash.
All westbound traffic was being diverted off the turnpike at the Miami exit.
Miami is in far northeastern Oklahoma.
AUSTIN (AP) — One man was in critical condition Monday after a homebuilt helicopter caught fire and crashed into a rural field.
The pilot, Raymond Mitchell, 65, did not suffer serious injuries when the helicopter went down in Bartlett, north of Austin, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said.
A 72-year-old passenger, William Aldridge of Austin, was in critical condition with second- and third-degree burns, Vinger said.
Officials were investigating the cause of the crash.
The helicopter, which had taken off from Bartlett, was en route to Oklahoma on a business trip.
The homebuilt Robinson R-22 was destroyed.
Three children ordered into state custody
CLAREMORE (AP) — A Rogers County district judge has ordered the state to take custody of three siblings living in a house in Chelsea where a 1-year-old boy was found dead last week.
Chelsea Police Chief Dustin Chadwell says Judge Dynda (DINDA) Post issued the order at the end of a hearing Monday afternoon in Rogers County District Court in Claremore.
Authorities say 1-year-old Marshall Drew Patrick Card was found dead Friday morning by police responding to a 911 call.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Chelsea police are investigating.
The names of the children’s parents haven’t been released although authorities say the woman in the house is the mother of all four children. It isn’t clear if the man is the father of all four.
Indian Affairs head out
WASHINGTON (AP) — Carl J. Artman is leaving his post as assistant secretary for Indian Affairs next month, the Interior Department says.
Artman, a member of the Oneida tribe of Wisconsin, was confirmed to the post by the Senate in March of last year. Before that, he served as the Interior Department’s associate solicitor for Indian Affairs.
Artman told Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in a letter that the work done in Indian Affairs will leave “an infrastructure upon which American Indian and Alaska Natives can build to secure their governmental, cultural and economic futures.”