While still no final report from the National Transportation and Safety Board regarding this month’s fatal crash involving two Manhattan residents, KRMG radio in Tulsa is reporting on a preliminary review of air traffic control and radar data.
Communications with the KTUL tower were reportedly normal, with the last acknowledgment from the pilot that the airplane was cleared to six-thousand feet. There were no emergency or distress calls from the pilot, identified as Dr. Ronald Marshall of Manhattan.
KRMG is reporting a review of radar information had the airplane tracking northward, in a shallow climb. The airplane reached 41-hundred feet before a descending, right turn on the radar was observed. During the turn, the airplane disappeared from the radar.
Killed in the crash were Dr. Marshall and Chris Gruber, both of Manhattan.