NTSB Investigators Unable To Pinpoint Cause Of OSU Plane Crash

Federal investigators were unable to pinpoint the cause of a plane crash that killed Oklahoma State’s women’s basketball coach and three others.

Miranda Serna and Kurt Budke (OSU photo)

PERRYVILLE, Ark. (February 28, 2013)--A National Transportation Safety Board report says investigators were unable to pinpoint the exact cause of the plane crash that killed Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and three others.

The probable cause report, released Wednesday, says investigators could not determine why the pilot lost control of the aircraft during the Nov. 17, 2011, flight from Stillwater, Okla., to Little Rock, Ark.

The pilot, Olin Branstetter, 82, was killed in the crash, along with Budke, OSU assistant coach Miranda Serna and Branstetter's wife, Paula Branstetter.

An earlier report found that the plane was inspected about a week before it crashed.

Investigators have said most of the plane's cockpit instruments were unreadable, unreliable or destroyed in the crash.

The deaths came 10 years after a plane crash that killed 10 people associated with the men's basketball program.


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