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Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball team plane crash

Oklahoma State basketball team plane crash
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Beechcraft Super King Air 200 similar to accident aircraft
DateJanuary 27, 2001
SummarySpatial disorientation in snow storm
SiteStrasburg, Colorado, U.S.
Aircraft typeBeechcraft Super King Air 200
OperatorJet Express Services

The Oklahoma State University Cowboys basketball team plane crash occurred on January 27, 2001, at 19:37 EST, when a Beechcraft Super King Air 200, registration N81PF, carrying 2 players on the Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball team along with 6 OSU broadcasters & members of the OSU coaching staff, crashed in a field 40 miles (64 km) east of Denver,[1] near Strasburg, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The pilot had become disoriented in a snow storm.[2] The plane was flying from Jefferson County Airport to Stillwater Regional Airport after the team's loss to the Colorado Buffaloes.

The plane was carrying 2 crew members (pilot Denver Mills, and co-pilot Bjorn Fahlstrom) and eight passengers involved with Oklahoma State basketball. All ten individuals died.[1] Oklahoma State has a memorial erected to them, entitled "Remember the Ten", inside Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


The ten victims were:[3]

  • Kendall C. Durfey, Television/Radio Engineer (born August 1, 1962);
  • Bjorn G. Fahlstrom, Corporate Aviation Pilot (born February 13, 1970);
  • Nathan Z. Fleming, Scholar/Athlete (born September 11, 1980);
  • William R. Hancock III, Media Relations Coordinator (born April 6, 1969);
  • Daniel P. Lawson, Jr., Scholar/Athlete (born July 28, 1979);
  • Brian W. Luinstra, Athletic Trainer (born July 26, 1971);
  • Denver R. Mills, CPA by Profession, Pilot by Passion (born January 31, 1945);
  • Pat Noyes, Director of Basketball Operations (born July 11, 1973);
  • William B. Tietgens (Bill Teegins), Sportscaster/Voice of the Cowboys (born July 26, 1952);
  • Jared G. Weiberg, Student Assistant (born March 9, 1978)

See also


  1. ^ a b " - GEN - Investigation continues in Oklahoma State crash".
  2. ^ "Maps and details of plane crashes -". Archived from the original on June 15, 2012.
  3. ^ []