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Safety board: Pilot lost control in OSU plane crash

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 28, 2013 at 7:33 a.m. Updated February 28, 2013 at 7:56 a.m.

— 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 to Little Rock.

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 the plane had been 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.

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Walter says... February 28, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.

Death from natural causes?
After all, he WAS 82 tears old.

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