OSU Women’s Basketball Coach And Assistant Killed In Plane Crash

by nph | November 18th, 2011

November 18, 2011

For the second time in almost a decade, tragedy has struck Oklahoma State University at the hands of a plane crash. It was announced today that the women’s basketball coach, Kurt Budke, and his assistant, Miranda Serna, were killed when their aircraft that went down in Arkansas. According to FOX News, the crash happened around 7:00 PM Thursday night near Perryville, Arkansas.

Authorities with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department say that the plane went down in a steep and heavily wooded part of the Winona Wildlife Management Area. They confirmed that two others–the pilot and another passenger–also perished when the Piper PA-28 went down. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent investigators to determine the cause of the crash, but stated it could take up to nine months to complete the investigation.

The tragedy comes a decade after ten players from the men’s program died in a plane crash returning from a game in Colorado. The plane had been donated to the program by a booster and had not undergone regular maintenance inspections. After it was determined the plane had gone down due to a mechanical failure, the school implemented a policy of every plane athletes board having to go through a heavy inspection. It is unknown if the same policy applied to coaches and if the plane that just went down had undergone and inspection.

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