2 dead, including U.S. Air Force 1st Lieutenant, after single engine aircraft crash: OHP

Posted at 12:28 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 16:44:50-04

GARFIELD COUNTY, Okla. - Two people, including a U.S. Air Force 1st Lieutenant, are dead after a single engine aircraft crashed into a private field in Garfield County on Thursday, say officials.

The pair were reportedly attempting to use the single-engine aircraft to attempt an aerobatic maneuver when for some reason the pilot lost control and was unable to regain it and crashed, reports OHP.

The pilot was Randall Harris, 55, from Owasso who, according to the medical examiner, died from massive injuries. In the aircraft was United States Air Force 1st Lieutenant Dale Bryan Shillington, 25, of Vance Air Force Base in Enid. Shillington was also pronounced dead from massive injuries.

Gundy Airport confirmed that the pair took off from its location Thursday. According to the owners, Harris had been a part of the community for 12 years and was well liked. 

Currently the cause of the collision is under investigation by the NTSB, says OHP.