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November 18, 2011

DETAILS: Plane crash that killed Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke was in rugged mountains of Arkansas

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

On Jan. 27, 2001, one of three planes carrying players and others connected to the OSU men's basketball team crashed in a field 40 miles east of Denver as the Cowboys returned from a game at Colorado. The crash occurred about 35 minutes after the plane took off in light snow.

An NTSB report cited a power loss aboard the plane and said the pilot suffered disorientation while flying the plane manually with still-available instruments.

Thursday night, the weather near the crash site was clear with temperatures in the upper 30s to mid-40s.

The plane that crashed in 2001, a Beechcraft King Air 200, had been donated by a school booster.

After that crash, the university began requiring a firm to check out the condition of any plane used by a school sports team. It wasn't immediately known if that policy also applied to planes that carry only coaches or other school employees.

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