Apr 19, 2011 10:52 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
DE QUEEN, Ark. (AP) - An Oklahoma oil executive appeared to be trying to return to an Arkansas airport when his small plane crashed and killed him.
Authorities say 52-year-old Timothy Stanley of Broussard, La., died Friday in the crash near the De Queen airport in southwest Arkansas. Stanley was president of Rose Resources Oil and Gas Inc.
of Tulsa and was en route to Oklahoma.
A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report on Monday says a witness told investigators the plane sounded as if it
was having engine problems shortly after takeoff. The witness said it appeared the plane was turning to return to the airport when it
crashed just short of the runway.
A final report that would include a possible cause of the crash
is not expected for several months.