Oklahoma State Women's Basketball Coach And Assistant Were On
A Piper Cherokee PA-28 went down Thursday fatally injuring all
four people on board. The accident occurred in Perry County, AR
about 1630 CST in a wooded area near the town of Perryville.
Among those confirmed to be aboard the aircraft were Oklahoma
State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, and assistant
coach Miranda Serna. University officials say that former Oklahoma
State Senator Olin Branstetter and his wife Paula were also fatally
injured, according to a report from CNN.
The FAA preliminary accident report indicates that skies were
clear with 10 miles of visibility and an 8 knot wind out of the
south at the time of the accident. The report indicates that the
accident occurred under "unknown" circumstances. Phase of flight is
also listed as "unknown."
FAA records show the aircraft as a 1964 model PA-28-180 similar
to the one pictured registered to Branstetter, and co-owned by
he and his wife.