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Plane crash kills all 5 on board

September 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A small aircraft plummeted into a park in Tulsa and burst into flames after hitting a guide wire from a communications tower, killing all five people on board, investigators said.

The six-passenger plane was on its way to Dallas when it crashed amid heavy fog near a baseball field, said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown.

"The wings came off. The engine came off," Brown said. "When it hit, it rolled. It did catch fire. It rolled at least a couple of times, ejecting the occupants."

Brown said the victims, who all died at the scene, were pilot Dr. Stephen Lester, 48; his wife, Dana, 48; daughters Laura, 16, and Christina, 13; and Dr. Ken Veteto, 50. All were from Tulsa.

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