Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 --- 3:00p.m.
CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) -- An Oklahoma newspaper is reporting three recent graduates of Oral Roberts University and a former business instructor were killed when a small airplane crashed in Kansas.
The Tulsa World reports a fifth person, also an Oral Roberts graduate, was badly injured when the twin-engine Cessna crashed about 4:30 p.m. Friday northwest of Chanute.
The Kansas Highway Patrol identifies the victims as 23-year-old Luke Sheets of Ephraim, Wis., who was flying the plane; 27-year-old Austin Anderson of Ringwood, Okla.; 29-year-old Garrett Coble of Tulsa, Okla.; and 22-year-old Stephen Luth of Muscatine, Iowa.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says the eight-seat plane departed left Tulsa headed to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and lost contact with air traffic control shortly after getting permission to descend to a lower altitude.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.