A plane crash in Arkansas has claimed the lives of former Oklahoma state senator Olin Branstetter and his wife, along with Oklahoma State University (OSU) women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and his assistant Miranda Serna.
The single-engine Piper PA-28 crashed just before 7pm on Thursday evening, about 4 miles south of Perryville. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate, but so far it’s too early to determine what might have caused the plane to come down. There were no survivors from the crash.
50-year-old Kurt Budke had been coaching at OSU for six seasons, as had 36-year-old Miranda Serna. Olin Branstetter, meanwhile, was a well-known figure in the state.