Senator’s Aide, Two Others Killed in Plane Crash
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) _ An aide to U.S. Sen. Don Nickles and two others were killed when their small plane crashed shortly after taking off in bad weather.
The Cessna 182 crashed around 8:30 p.m. Monday about 10 miles from Duncan Municipal Airport, Stephens County Undersheriff Leon Schults said.
Searchers found the wreckage in a ravine Tuesday morning. Only a tail section was intact.
Killed were Grant Todd, 28, manager of Nickles’ Oklahoma City office; Joel K. Smith, a member of the state’s Environmental Quality Board Department; and Ray Moss, 48, an Oklahoma City attorney.
″I am saddened by the tragic death of Grant Todd,″ Nickles, R-Okla., said in a statement. ″He did a great job in every role he undertook.″
The plane was headed to Oklahoma City, 75 miles north. Shortly after takeoff, Smith, the pilot, radioed air traffic controllers that the weather was too bad to fly visually and he was using instruments. The plane disappeared from radar about seven miles from the airport, Shults said.