Skydiving group’s plane crash lands

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

SKIATOOK — An airplane being used by a local skydiving operation, Skydive Airtight, made a forced landing into an Osage County pasture Saturday morning.

The light plane came down north of Highway 20 off Lombard Road at a little after 11 a.m., according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. There apparently were no life-threatening injuries, but at least three people were taken to Tulsa-area hospitals for treatment, authorities said.

OHP said seven people, including the pilot, were aboard the Cessna Turbo Skywagon — which is registered to a Wichita, Kan., company. Reports indicated the plane lost engine power at about 1,000 feet shortly after its takeoff from Skiatook Municipal Airport. Witnesses said the plane landed about 300 feet from a home and 400 feet from a barn.

The group reportedly had finished a successful jump earlier in the morning and were heading up for a second jump when the engine problem occurred.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage, the OHP said. An investigation will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, troopers added.