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Plane ran out of fuel before Tishomingo crash

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The pilot of this Piper Dakota was injured when the plane crashed in the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. (KTEN) The pilot of this Piper Dakota was injured when the plane crashed in the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. (KTEN)
The pilot of this Piper Dakota was injured when the plane crashed in the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. (KTEN) The pilot of this Piper Dakota was injured when the plane crashed in the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- An Arkansas man has has returned home after after his small plane crashed Saturday in the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge.

FAA investigators said the pilot, identified as William Newman Jr. of Hot Springs Village, had stopped to refuel at Tishomingo Airpark, but found the facility no longer offers that option due to past flooding.

The single-engine Piper Dakota aircraft, built in 1984, took off for Ardmore but quickly came down in a wooded area nearby around 1 p.m. The plane was upside-down when first responders arrived.

Newman was taken to Mercy Hospital where, according to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, he was flown to OU Medical Center in stable condition. His injuries were described as minor on Sunday.

The crash remains under investigation, and the plane was said to be a total loss.

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