NTSB – preliminary report could be released next week

Dec. 5 CE Page plane crash killed three

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The 1971 Beechcraft Bonanza F33A carrying pilot Christopher Lamb and passengers David Lamb and Gage Prough came down and burst into flames, causing a grass fire. NTSB is still working on its investigation; a preliminary report may be ready next week. (Photo courtesy KOCO)

By Traci Chapman
Managing Editor

National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the cause of a Dec. 5 plane crash at Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport that claimed the lives of three men, including a Yukon resident.

NTSB advised Friday a preliminary report in the crash of the 1971 Beechcraft Bonanza F33A Aircraft had not yet been issued as of press time.

“It is possible it will be released some time next week,” the agency advised in an email response to a query from the Yukon Progress.

Killed in the crash were 78-year-old David Lamb of Yukon, a retired former employee of Mustang Public School District. Christopher Lamb, 53, of Perry was the owner and pilot of the aircraft; the third victim was Gage Prough, a 28-year-old from Stillwater.

It was unknown as of press time whether David Lamb and Christopher Lamb were related. What was known was that Christopher Lamb clearly loved flying – his visible social media posts were almost exclusively about his plane, trips and flying in general. According to those posts, he received this Beechcraft back from the shop Nov. 25 after “some major upgrades.”

Oklahoma State Department of Public Safety confirmed the victims’ identities Tuesday afternoon, after Oklahoma State Medical Examiners concluded their examination. All three men died of “massive injuries,” the state ME’s office said

NTSB and the Federal Aviation have been jointly investigating the crash, which happened at about 9 p.m. Monday night as the aircraft was taking off from CE Page Airport. The plane came down on aircraft grounds and burst into flames, also starting a grass fire, records showed.

The airport is located near NW 23rd and Cimarron Road. Firefighters with Oklahoma City Fire Department extinguished the blaze by about 10:20 p.m., officials said. Canadian County Sheriff’s deputies and Oklahoma City Police officers also reported to the scene, although the only responsibility area law enforcement had was to secure the scene until FAA and NTSB investigators arrived, Undersheriff Kevin Ward said.

According to CE Page Airport documentation, the facility is owned by the city of Oklahoma City and operates two runways that service aircraft including “medium-sized business jets, turboprops, single-engine trainers, microlights and experimental aircraft.”

This is a developing story – see our website and social media, as well as future issues, for updates.