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April 8, 2013

UPDATE: 2 victims identified in Collinsville plane crash

TULSA — A relative says one of the people killed in Sunday’s small plane crash near the Tulsa suburb of Collinsville was a retired doctor who lived in Kansas.

Rod Marshall tells the Omaha World-Herald that his twin brother, Ronald Marshall, was aboard the plane with another passenger when it crashed.
Rod Marshall says his brother was a retired gynecologist who lived in Manhattan, Kan. Federal records show the plane was registered to Ronald Marshall out of DeWitt, Neb., where he owned land.
A second passenger, Chris Gruber, was identified earlier by officials at Kansas State University.
Gruber was a Kansas State University employee who raised money for the College of Veterinary Medicine died Sunday in a small plane crash in Oklahoma, the university confirmed Monday.
Spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said Gruber was the director of development for the College of Veterinary Medicine with the Kansas State Foundation.
The plane crash Sunday occurred near the suburban Tulsa city of Collinsville. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office said it had received two bodies from the crash.
Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Monday the dead were yet to be identified and the search for more possible fatalities continued.
The Federal Aviation Administration had reported Sunday that there were as many as three dead. 
The agency said no one on the ground was injured.
The FAA said the single-engine aircraft departed Tulsa about 5:50 p.m. Sunday en route to Manhattan, Kan. The plane crashed inside the city limits of Collinsville, about 30 minutes northeast of Tulsa.
A spokesman at the National Transportation Safety Board said an investigator would be arriving sometime Monday. A message left for Collinsville Police Chief Jimmie Richey wasn’t immediately returned Monday morning.
Barcomb-Peterson said grief counselors were being made available to Gruber’s colleagues.

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