Lawton_A community is in mourning following a plane crash that killed two young men Wednesday. Their friends are remembering the lives cut short by the tragedy. Investigators are searching for answers to why the plane fell from the sky and crashed into a tree. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 20 year old Dallas Alaniz died on the scene and his friend, 21 year old Kendall Spivey succumbed to his injuries a short time later at an Oklahoma City hospital.
At a National Transportation Safety Board press conference investigators said they may spend the next two to three days going through the wreckage. Right now, they are trying to determine the reasons for the crash and have already had some success.
What cannot be seen from Duncan Lake Road is the pieces of Dallas Alaniz's fixed wing, single engine plane spread throughout a wooded tree line just east of Bray. Witnesses watched in disbelief as the plane went down. "The basis of their story was the airplane was flying in a southerly direction when the airplane's wings shuttered or shook," says NTSB Investigator Tim LeBaron. "The right wing dropped and the airplane dove toward the ground and as it was pulling out, it hit the trees."
Now, the NTSB along with the FAA has the difficult and tedious task of discovering why the accident occurred. "We've been able to rule out a few things," says LeBaron. One is fuel - there's plenty of fuel on the aircraft. We've been working through the flight systems today and at this point, it appears all the flight controls were working properly on the airplane."
And while the investigation continues, family and friends are remembering their loved ones. Dallas loved to fly and had reached the level of flight instructor. His former high school principal at Bray Doyle knew him since he was a small child. "As educators we always want kids to set goals early in life and Dallas wanted to be a pilot ever since he's been a little bitty kid," says Jack Williams. "He's been flying forever."
Kendall Spivey also loved to fly and his grandfather says it was just one aspect of his adventurous side. "Kendall was just a young man that was full of life, no matter what he did he went after it with zest. He was a great, great young man," says family friend Earl Linvingston, speaking for the family. "We will surely miss both of them, they were good kids from good families."