NTSB Reports Probable Cause Of Plane Crash That Killed KSU Official

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has issued the probable cause report on the Oklahoma plane crash that killed two Kansas men.

The report states that: "The pilot’s loss of control of the airplane for reasons that could not be determined because an examination of the airplane did not find an abnormality that would have precluded normal operations. "


The April 7, 2013, crash killed retired gynecologist Ronald Marshall of Manhattan, Kansas, and Chris Gruber, the development director for the college of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

The NTSB factual report released Wednesday says the fiberglass belly skin panel of the plane was found about 1.4 miles from the site. It does not offer a suspected cause of the crash.

The report says the single-engine Mooney M20J piloted by Marshall took off from Tulsa International Airport at 5:47 p.m. and crashed about 13 minutes later in the back yard of a vacant home near Collinsville.

Posted by: Nick Viviani