ALVA, OKLAHOMA (November 4, 2017) – A small plane crash on Saturday in Alva killed a flight instructor and severely injured his student, according to a local news source. (map)
The accident happened in the afternoon, near the Alva Airport. David Chael, a 61 year old flight instructor, was up in the air with 39 year old student Cortney Washburn in a Beechcraft Bonanza. Washburn was at the controls and was coming in for a landing when a cowl hatch sprung open. David Chael quickly took over the controls, but the landing gear had deployed and it caught on a power line.
The plane landed on its roof after being caught in the power line. Chael and Washburn were both climbing out of the plane when it suddenly exploded.
61 year old David Chael was tragically pronounced dead as a result of the accident. Cortney Washburn was ciritically injured and was airlifted to a hospital in Oklahoma City after the accident. The accident remains under investigation at this time to determine cause and liability.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”