1 Killed In Beckham County Plane Crash

Thursday, April 21st 2011, 5:03 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Authorities say the pilot of a single-engine, experimental aircraft was killed when his plane crashed near Elk City.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Dahlman-Dower Tailwind W-8 left Sayre about 11:15 a.m. Thursday and disappeared from radar around noon.

Beckham County Sheriff Scott Jay says the FAA called and requested that his office go to the Sayre airport to see if the plane had landed there, but nothing was found.

Jay says a rancher who lives near Elk City found the crash site about 1:15 p.m. near the border of Beckham and Roger Mills counties.

Jay says the pilot was a male but he had no other details. The FAA's website shows the plane is registered to a Hailey, Idaho, company.

The cause of the crash is unknown. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, who will be assisted by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

News9.com will have more information as soon as possible.