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Investigation Continues Into Deadly Plane Crash Near Fairmont

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The investigation into what caused a deadly plane crash in a field in Fairmont, Okla. is still ongoing. But what we do know is that two people, a very experienced pilot and a young airman, we're both killed. The investigation into what caused a deadly plane crash in a field in Fairmont, Okla. is still ongoing. But what we do know is that two people, a very experienced pilot and a young airman, we're both killed.
Randy Harris (left) and Dale Shillington were in the aircraft at the time of the crash. Randy Harris (left) and Dale Shillington were in the aircraft at the time of the crash.
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The investigation into what caused a deadly plane crash in a field in Fairmont, Okla. is still ongoing. But what we do know is that two people, a very experienced pilot and a young airman, we're both killed.

Just looking at a video of Randy Harris flying the 1993 Skybolt 300 that he built for stunt flying and you can tell he lived to fly. 

Harris was scheduled to fly at the Vance Air Force Base air show this weekend. He was preparing for the show, doing acrobatic maneuvers with 25-year-old Air Force 1st Lt. Dale Shillington when, for some reason, the small plane crashed.

"It's a huge loss for all of us when we lose any airman. It’s a huge loss for the Air Force when we lose any member of the Armed Forces, like I said soldier, sailor Coast Guard, but this one's going to hit us pretty hard,” said Col.  Paul Johnson Commander of Vance Air Force Base. “This airman was exceptional."

State troopers say both men died of massive injuries before emergency crews arrived.

At Vance, News 9 is told Shillington’s squadron is taking the loss of the young pilot hard and are leaning on each other for support. 

“In flying, you have a wingman that's just sitting a little bit off your wing that can watch you and see how you're doing, so that's been happening,” explained Maj. John Sackett, base chaplain. “In the squadron about all of his friends, they're just checking each other out."

Meanwhile, the base plans to go ahead with the airshow.

"I know this airman had a passion for aviation. I feel strongly that that the civilian individual had a passion for aviation also,” Johnson said. “And we felt it would be best to honor that passion that those two individuals had by continuing with the air show."

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