FAA investigates deadly plane crash in Alva

FAA investigates deadly plane crash in Alva

ALVA, OK (KSWO)- The FAA is investigating a deadly plane crash over the weekend in Alva.

Flight instructor David Chael and Cory Washburn were both on board when the plane went down near the Alva Municipal Airport. The aircraft exploded as they fled the wreckage. They were both experienced pilots. Chael was pronounced dead at the scene, while Washburn was rushed to a hospital with burns to over 80-percent of his body.

"He was a newer pilot didn't have a lot of hours but he took it serious… He's got a long road ahead of him. The state of Oklahoma needs to pray for this gentleman, a good guy, family man," said Cory Washburn's friend Bob Baker.

According to the crash report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Washburn was piloting when the engine cover opened. Chael took over, but as the landing gear lowered, the front tire struck a power line and the plane crashed on its top.

Washburn was still in a hospital at last check.

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