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8:02 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Tulsa Plane Crash Report Released

Tulsa, OK – NTSB releases report on fatal Oklahoma plane crash

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Federal investigators say the pilot of a small airplane that crashed in Tulsa and killed five people may have become disoriented by overcast conditions.

Dr. Stephen Lester was flying the Piper PA-32 when it clipped a radio tower's steel wire before slamming into the ground and bursting into flames at Chandler Park on Sept. 5, 2009. Lester; his wife Dana; daughters Laura and Christina, and Dr. Ken Veteto were killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board noted in a factual report that Lester wasn't instrument-certified and took off from Jones Riverside Airport in foggy conditions and when instrument flight rules were in effect.