Crews Clear Wreckage From Plane Crash That Killed Manhattan Men

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

COLLINSVILLE, Okla. (WIBW) -- Work got underway Tuesday to remove the wreckage of a small plane that plunged into a vacant home in a Tulsa suburb on Sunday, killing two Manhattan residents on board.

A salvage team began hauling away pieces of the airplane Tuesday morning in the town of Collinsville, the CBS affiliate in Tulsa reports. The crew is working with the National Transportation Safety Board to make sure key pieces are more closely inspected before they're taken away.

Dr. Ron Marshall, 71, and Chris Gruber, 40, died when Marshall's plane went down on their way back to Manhattan.

Chris Gruber was the Director of Development for K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine and was an employee of the KSU Foundation who played an integral part in fundraising for research, projects, scholarships, equipment, etc.

Dr. Ronald Marshall was a well known retired physician who specialized in obstetrics & gynecology. The victims were family friends.

According to the FAA, the single-engine aircraft departed Tulsa International Airport around 5:50 Sunday night en route to Manhattan, where it was scheduled to land just after 7 PM. The plane went down inside the city limits of Collinsville, a suburb about 30 minutes northeast of Tulsa. It dropped off of FAA radar at 5:52 p.m.

The plane crashed into a house neighbors say was vacant and caused a small fire. No one on the ground was injured.

The FAA is investigating the crash along with the National Transportation Safety Board. Investigators say it could take up to a year to determine the cause of the crash.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office is working to scientifically identify the victims' remains.

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