Photo of actual plane. Photo Source: Flightaware.com
Hannah Luce Photo Courtesy of Teen Mania Ministries
Garrett Coble. Photo courtesy Facebook.
An East Texan is the only survivor in a deadly plane crash that killed four others in Kansas Friday afternoon.
Teen Mania Ministries said the eight-seat plane, was headed for the Acquire the Fire conference in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Hannah Luce, daughter of Teen Mania founder Ron Luce, is the only survivor. She is currently at a hospital in Kansas City with burns on 28 percent of her body.
"Lots of prayers are going out to her family right now and we have lots of hope," said Teen Mania Intern Jocie Ortmann
"We all just went into prayer mode at that time for the families for what was going on. We didn't know too much, but that's pretty much what it was going into prayer mode for everyone involved," said Teen Mania Intern Oriana Meyerhoeffer.
The twin-engine Cessna 401 went down Friday afternoon about nine miles west of Chanute, the Kansas Highway Patrol said on their web site. The small aircraft landed in a field and skidded about 200 feet before hitting a tree line.
A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board on Saturday said the pilot had been in contact with air traffic controllers, but there was no distress call.
"There was an altitude change and that was the last transmission," said spokesman Peter Knudson.
The aircraft caught fire after the crash.
Three people died at the scene.
Killed was the pilot Luke F. Sheets, 23, of Ephraim, Wisconsin; Austin G. Anderson, 27; Stephen J. Luth, 22, of Muscatine, Iowa. All three were recent Oral Roberts graduates. Garrett V. Coble, 29, of Tulsa, a former instructor in the College of Business and a participant in mission trips, was also killed.
The following statement was released by Teen Mania Ministries:
GARDEN VALLEY, Texas – Teen Mania Ministries is sad to announce that five individuals on board a flight to Acquire The Fire in Council Bluffs, Iowa were involved in a plane crash around 4:30 p.m. May 11. The plane went down in rural southeastern Kansas, and three of the five on board died at the scene.
Teen Mania asks for prayers for the families of Luke Sheets, 23 of Ephraim, Wisc.; Garrett Coble, 29 of Tulsa, Okla.; and Stephen Luth, 27 of Muscatine, Iowa. All three were graduates of Oral Roberts University. Coble was a long-time friend of Teen Mania Ministries, having served on 15 Global Expeditions missions trips. He also served as a professor at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Hannah Luce, daughter of Teen Mania founder Ron Luce, and Austin Anderson were also aboard the plane when it crashed and were able to walk to a nearby roadway and get help. However, both Hannah Luce and Anderson suffered severe injuries and were evacuated to hospitals in Kansas City and Wichita, respectively. Luce is listed in serious but stable condition, suffering primarily from burns on 28 percent of her body. Sadly, Anderson succumbed to his injuries at 5:30 a.m Saturday, May 12 and went to be with the Lord.
Both Anderson and Stephen Luth were recently hired to the marketing staff at Teen Mania Ministries. Anderson had recently graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in business administration and had served two tours of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq.
Ron Luce described all those on board the plane as being committed Christians who had a passion to reach the younger generation with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.
"We are so saddened by what has happened and ask for all those who have been touched by this ministry in some way to rally around the families of all involved in the crash, especially the four young men who passed away. Please lift them up in prayer, and ask for the Holy Spirit to surround them with God's love and peace," Luce said. "They all had a heart for this generation, and were passionately pursuing God's call on their lives."
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