Texas man killed in single-engine plane crash near Tahlequah

Posted on: 9:50 am, October 21, 2013, by

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – the FAA and NTSB are in Oklahoma investigating a deadly weekend plane crash in Pushmataha County.

Officials said a 1968 single-engine Cessna was reported missing between Tahlequah in eastern Oklahoma and Terrell, Texas.

Rescuers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol found the plane at about 10 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area about 10 miles west of Clayton.

Investigators said the plane actually crashed at about 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

The only person on the plane, 54-year-old Stephen Mark Hardin of Terrell, Texas, was killed in the crash.

So far, investigators said no one witnessed the accident.

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  • Melissa says:

    The plane crashed about 1 am Friday morning, The wreckage was found at 1pm on Friday, by a friend and co-worker along with the victims Son using private aircraft. The coordinates of the wreckage was given to the Search and Rescue department who turned over the search to State Troopers and Oklahoma emergency management.
    Yes it was approx. 10am Saturday when Troopers we able to reach the victims location. May Mr. Hardin Rest in Peace Knowing His son Mike and a loyal friend named Leo exhausted all human efforts to get eyes on the ground on Friday. God bless these young men

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