Kansas firefighter and family died in OK plane crash

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Okla. troopers on scene of deadly plane crash (KTUL) Okla. troopers on scene of deadly plane crash (KTUL)

The fire department in Independence Kansas identified the victims of the Oklahoma plane crash. 

In the Facebook post the Independence Rural Fire Department stated Sycamore firefighter Nicholas Warner and his two sons, his dad, and family friend died in the crash.

With immense sadness we have lost one of our own from our Montgomery County Rural Fire family. Earlier today Sycamore Firefighter Nicholas Warner, 2 of his sons, his dad Bill, and friend Tim Valentine passed away in an aircraft accident outside of Ponca City Oklahoma.

Our deepest Sympathies go to Brenda, Kaylee, Lisa, Jessica and their entire families and dear friends.

We will post service details when they become available.

The Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said the plane crash shortly after take-off near Ponca City just before 11 a.m. Saturday. Troopers say the plane was on it's way back to Independence, Kansas when it crashed. 

The FAA is still investigating the crash.

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A plane bound for Independence, Kansas crashed late Saturday morning.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers say there are five fatalities, three adults and two children.

KTUL in Tulsa reports the small aircraft left the Ponca City Airport before crashing in a soybean field near in Hubbard, OK at 11 a.m. 

Troopers said the aircraft is a private plane, and they're not sure why it went down.

Highway Patrol Lt. Kera Philippi and National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the victims had attended a breakfast at Ponca City Regional Airport before the crash.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane crashed shortly after take-off

Knudson and Lunsford said both agencies were sending investigators to the site and that the aircraft was an Extra EA400, which is described as a six-passenger, corporate aircraft.

Philippi said the plane burned after the crash, obliterating much of its tail number.

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