TULSA, Okla. — The Family members and colleagues on Monday identified two men killed in a single-engine plane as being from Manhattan, Kan.
The passenger in Sunday’s accident was Chris Gruber, development director for the college of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University.
The pilot, identified by his twin brother, was retired gynecologist Ronald Marshall of Manhattan.
Federal Aviation Administration records show the 1984 Mooney fixed-wing plane was registered to Marshall in DeWitt, Neb., where he owned farmland.
The aircraft had departed Tulsa around 5:50 p.m. Sunday en route to Manhattan. It crashed shortly after takeoff, plowing into a vacant house near Collinsville, Okla., and sparking a small blaze that was quickly put out by firefighters, according to the FAA. Nobody on the ground was injured, the agency said.
The FAA had reported Sunday that as many as three people were aboard, but the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office had only received two bodies as of Monday afternoon. Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the office, said local authorities were still searching the wreckage.
Rod Marshall told the Omaha World-Herald that he and his brother met in Tulsa to attend a gun show. The brothers had dinner after the show and both made their way home afterward – Ronald in his plane and Rod in his car.
Gruber had worked for Kansas State for more than eight years, said Kansas State spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson.
Ralph Richardson, the dean at K-State’s veterinary medicine college, said the department and school were in mourning over “the public face of the veterinary college.”
“We’re hurting,” Richardson said. “He will be forever missed, but he would have wanted us to keep on keeping on.”