ALVA, Okla. — The second pilot critically injured in a Saturday plane crash has died, an Integris Health spokesperson confirmed today.
Cortney "Cory" Washburn, 39, of Alva, died at 6:43 a.m. today, said Integris spokeswoman Brooke Cayot.
According to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol collision report, Washburn was at the controls of a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza airplane flying southbound and approaching the north side of the Alva airport at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday when a cowl hatch opened on the airplane.
The report stated David Thomas Chael, 61, of Enid took the controls when the cowl hatch opened, the landing gear deployed and the front landing gear struck a power line.
The aircraft crashed at 5:31 p.m. Saturday, coming to rest on its top, according to the report. Both occupants were exiting the plane when it exploded, according to the report.
Chael was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries, the OHP report stated.
Washburn was flown by AirEvac to Integris Baptist Burn Center in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in critical condition, according to the OHP report.
The OHP report states seat belts were equipped and in use at the time of the collision. The condition of the pilot and cause of the collision remain under investigation, according to the report.
Washburn was vice president of Washburn Ford Lincoln in Alva and had a private pilot certificate issued in 2011.
Chael was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, a former reservist, instructor pilot and member of the 5th Flying Training Squadron at Vance Air Force Base.
Col. Darrell Judy, commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance, said Chael's death is a loss to the Vance family.
"The Vance family lost a fantastic leader, friend and pilot on Saturday," Judy said. "Lt. Col. Dave Chael, or Uncle Dave, as he was known to the aviation community, loved his family, flying and his airmen. He will be truly missed."