Piper Cherokee Lance Aircraft Goes Down Killing All 5 Onboard




Piper Cherokee Lance Aircraft Goes Down Killing All 5 Onboard

By Mike Mitchell


September 5, 2009, Tulsa, Oklahoma, at about 10:30 AM, a 1976 Piper Cherokee Lance aircraft PA-32R-300 aircraft departed Jones Riverside Airport en-route to Dallas Love Field Airport, Dallas, Texas crashed about fifteen minutes into its flight under dense fog killing all onboard. The aircraft was to have landed at its en-route airport about 12:10 PM.

Authorities have identified the victims onboard the Piper Cherokee Lance as five passengers, two adult males, one adult female and two teenage females. Their ages ranged from 19 and 50 years old and all were from Tulsa.

According to witnesses the aircraft broke into several pieces, two passengers were ejected from the plane and three remained seat belted in the aircraft when the aircraft burst into flames.  Official records showed the plane to be registered to the Lester Stephen T. Trustee of Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Around 10:45 a.m. The single engine Piper Cherokee Lance aircraft struck aerial wires on a broadcast tower under dense fog, the aircraft crashed and burst into flames in Chandler Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Emergency responders reported that when they arrived on the scene they were unable to see the tower or aerial wires due to then dense fog. No one on the ground was injured.

Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported the control tower had reported the Piper Cherokee Lance aircraft clipped an aerial wire and then crashed.

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