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Friday, November 18, 2011

Oklahoma State women's coaches die in Arkansas plane crash

The Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach and his assistant were killed when the single-engine plane they were in during a recruiting trip crashed in steep terrain in Arkansas, the university said today.

Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna died in the crash Thursday afternoon in the Winona Wildlife Management Area near Perryville, about 45 miles west of Little Rock.

The pilot, 82-year-old former Oklahoma state Sen. Olin Branstetter, and his wife, Paula, also died in the crash. There were no survivors.

"This is our worst nightmare. The entire OSU family is very close, very close indeed," OSU President Burns Hargis said at a news conference. "To lose anyone, especially these two individuals who are incredible life forces in our family, it is worse beyond words."

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