OHP remembers troopers killed in 1978 plane crash


HOLLIS, Okla. (KFOR) – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is remembering two troopers killed in a plane crash more than 40 years ago.

On July 3, 1978 Trooper Richard Oldaker, Trooper Rondal Alexander, and Fort Sill soldier Spec. 4 Ronnie D. Russell were flying over the Salt Fork River bed near Hollis.

Oldaker was the pilot of the low flying mission when the plane struck a utility pole wire spanning the river and crashed.

All three men died in the crash.

OHP says Oldaker joined the agency in 1969, and Alexander joined in 1974.

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