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Posted: 1:18 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013
By Russell Mills and Chris Cordt
COLLINSVILLE, Okla. —
NTSB investigators tell KRMG that the plane that crashed Sunday evening near downtown Collinsville was out of control when it plunged into the ground, killing both occupants.
The plane is identified as a 1984 Mooney M20J, a single engine, retractable gear aircraft that seats up to 4.
NTSB investigator Craig Hatch says the condition of the wreckage suggests the plane was traveling at a high rate of speed when it impacted the ground.
The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine confirms that its employee, Chris Gruber, was one of the victims.
It's unclear if Gruber was the pilot, or a passenger on the small plane.
The trip to and from Tulsa was not believed to be official university business.
Gruber posted a picture of the plane with the caption "my ride to Tulsa" on his Instagram and Twitter accounts Sunday, indicating he was probably a passenger.
A relative identified the other victim as Dr. Ronald Marshall, a retired doctor who lived in Kansas. Rod Marshall says that his twin brother, Ronald , was aboard the plane when it crashed.
Rod Marshall is quoted in an Omaha, Neb. newspaper saying the men were in Tulsa to attend a gun show.
The plane went down shortly before 6:00 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of 14th and Broadway in Collinsville, northwest of Tulsa.
No one on the ground was hurt.
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