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Lone survivor in Friday's plane crash starts getting skin grafts today

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Four people are now dead and another remains in critical condition Friday's twin engine plane crash in Wilson County, Kansas.

The victims were recent graduates from Oral Roberts University, including Stephen Luth, 22 of Muscatine, Iowa, the pilot Luke Sheets, 23 of Ephraim, Wisconsin, plus a former teacher, Garrett Coble, 29 of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Two others initially survived the crash.

Friend Aubrey Crawford says burns Saturday claimed the life of Austin Anderson, 27 of Ringwood, Oklahoma, who graduated with her last week from ORU.

Crawford says Anderson, a former Marine, pulled Hannah Luce from the wreckage.  Luce is in critical condition at KU Medical Center.  She is set to start receiving skin grafts today.

Luce is 22 and from Garden Valley, Texas.

Yesterday in Kansas City the girl's father spoke of Anderson's heroic efforts.

"I know Austin and he was that kind of guy, having served two tours in Iraq, would give his life for his country, would give his life for a friend and would go the extra mile," Ron Luce said.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the twin-engine Cessna 401 plane was en route from Riverside, Kansas to Council Bluffs, Iowa when it crashed.  The NTSB says the plane lost contact with air traffic control shortly after getting permission to descend to a lower altitude.

The NTSB says it went down around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon two miles off of Highway 75 northeast of Neodesha and the eight-seat plane caught fire after the crash.

The plane came down into the field, skid 200 feet before hitting a tree line and then caught fire.

Investigators were unaware of any distress call.

Investigators say the plane will be moved once the investigation is finished.

"It is of course a sad situation any time anything like this happens," Wilson County Sheriff Dan Path told us on Friday.  "Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, and so forth, and the survivors will certainly be in our prayers."

Wilson County Emergency Management says emergency responders include Wildlife & Parks, Wilson Co. Rural Fire, Neodesha Fire and EMS, Fredonia EMS, Buffalo Fire Dept., Chanute Fire and EMS, Wilson County Sheriff's Dept., and Kansas Highway Patrol.

Read the official KHP Crash Log

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