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Oklahoma Highway Patrol recovers sunken plane after crash that injured two

A small biplane flies in front of a cloud. The plane has a bright blue fuselage, yellow wings, and a yellow tail with red and white stripes towards the back. It has two seats that are open to the air.
A Boeing Stearman PT-17 similar to this one crashed into Keystone Lake on Saturday.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it’s not every day that their divers pull a plane out of one of Oklahoma’s many lakes. But that’s what happened over the weekend at Keystone Lake near Tulsa.

Two people were aboard the World War II-era Boeing biplane when it crashed on Saturday. The pilot was admitted to a hospital in Tulsa but was in stable condition, according to the Highway Patrol. The hospital also treated and released the plane’s passenger.

A team of divers with the Highway Patrol recovered the sunken plane from the lake on Sunday. The tricky process involved using air-filled bags to float the brightly-colored plane to the surface before towing it to shore.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are still looking into what caused the crash.

Graycen Wheeler is a reporter covering water issues at KOSU as a corps member with Report for America.
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