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One Dead After Plane Crashes At Lake Murray

ARDMORE, OK -- Authorities responded to Lake Murray State Park Saturday afternoon after receiving reports that a plane had crashed on park property.

Troopers say the plane had been flown down to the Ardmore area two months earlier for repairs.

Mechanics were working on it again Saturday morning and took the plane out for a test flight later in the afternoon.

Around 2:15 Saturday afternoon, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers say the plane carrying two unrelated male passengers--both from Oklahoma--experienced engine trouble over Lake Murray State Park.

"There was one survivor of the crash, the plane was occupied twice," said Lieutenant Darian Galloway. "We believe the driver is the deceased person in the plane. It was fully engulfed in flames at the time."

Troopers say the plane was a single engine piper Cherokee 6 and crashed just west of scenic route 77 about half a mile south of US 70.

"It looks when I looked at the damage it looks like they were turning and coming back to the airport," said trooper Mike Groeber.

Groeber, who is also a pilot with more than 30 years of experience, says the two men were working on the plane earlier Saturday morning at Ardmore's downtown air park.

"It actually started last night when I went through the airport and checked they were working on it about dark," said Groeber. "When I came back this morning to work I came through the airport and again they were working on the engine still."

The passenger was flown to a Dallas hospital.

Troopers say investigators from the FAA will make the final determination on the cause of the crash.

Troopers have not yet released the names of the pilot or passenger pending next of kin notification.