One dead, one injured after plane crashes in Alva

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ALVA, Okla. – Pilot David Thomas Chael of Enid, Oklahoma is dead and another is in critical condition after a private plane crashed in Alva on Saturday just north of a local hospital.

The Beachcraft Bonanza aircraft was southbound approaching the north side of the airport when the cowl hatch opened.  The passenger was piloting at the time, but Chael took over when the cowl hatch opened.  The landing gear deployed and the front wheel struck power lines leaving many parts of Alva, including part of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s campus, without power.

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After the crash, the small plane came to rest on its top.  While both the occupants were exiting the plane, it exploded.

Correction: News 4 was originally told by OHP officials that it was a helicopter that crashed.

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