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Light Airplane Crashes Into Ditch on Takeoff, Killing Three

February 23, 1991

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A small airplane crashed into a ditch alongside a roadway shortly after takeoff Friday, killing all three men aboard, authorities said.

There were no vehicles on the isolated, four-lane road when the twin-turbo prop Mitsubishi MU-2 crashed nose first into a drainage ditch, said Tulsa Fire Capt. Jim White.

The plane suffered some sort of trouble shortly after takeoff from Tulsa International Airport and tried to return to the airport, White said.

″Apparently the aircraft got a short distance from the airport when it went into a steep bank and lost power,″ White said.

The plane was owned by Corporate Aviation Services Inc.

The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the cause of the accident about one-half mile from the airport.

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