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Tinker has seen fatal, nonfatal crashes over the years

During its 75-year history, Tinker Air Force Base has had a number of crashes, both fatal and nonfatal. While most of those incidents have taken place on base, on two occasions a plane flying to Tinker crashed into a home in Midwest City. In both instances, two lives were lost.

In May 1974, a pilot from Tinker was flying a Northrop T-38 Talon on a training mission. The pilot and his co-pilot were approaching the base to land when the aircraft lost power, according to Tinker historical documents. Witnesses also said the plane's engine backfired just before impact, indicating a possible engine failure. The pilots were able to regain control enough to avoid an apartment complex, however they crashed into a home on Del Casa Circle before they could eject. Both pilots were killed.

“Oh my god! My beautiful $35,000 home,” exclaimed Paul Shofner, a Tinker employee upon seeing his home that was destroyed in the crash. Shofner and his wife, Lisa, had not been home at the time of the accident.

Witnesses said the plane clipped a group of trees before bouncing off the pavement of the cul-de-sac and pushing a car in the Shofner's driveway through the home.

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The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.


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