NTSB releases report on Oklahoma Highway Patrol plane crash

Posted on: 11:41 am, December 12, 2013, by , updated on: 08:22am, December 13, 2013

BETHEL ACRES, Okla. – After a small plane owned by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol went down while searching for a driver accused of leaving the scene of an accident, officials began looking into the cause of that crash.

On July 26, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was searching for a man in a wooded area near Tecumseh.

Authorities say 50-year-old Brent McKenzie fled the scene of an accident on foot and troopers took to the skies to search for him .

According to the NTSB report, the pilot, trooper Dennis Dickens, took off from the University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport and arrived on scene about 15 minutes ohp crashlater.

Officials say Dickens spotted McKenzie and reported that man’s location to troopers.

However, the troopers were not near him and police officers were heading in the wrong direction.

Without the ability to communicate with the police department, the pilot overflew the officers and pointed in the direction of the suspect.

According to the report, when the officers got close to his location, they looked back at the aircraft for further instructions.

At that point, the pilot went into a slow descending turn, leading officers to the suspect.

However, the plane’s stall warning began to sound.

The left wing stalled and the nose of the aircraft pitched down and started to rotate.

The pilot increased engine power to keep from spinning but was not able to keep from crashing.

Dickens was seriously injured in the crash.

After the investigation, the FAA reported that it could not find any problems that were “consistent with a preimpact failure or malfunction.”

At this time, they have not released an official cause behind the crash.