Plane Crashes Near Cookson Airport

On Saturday morning, a small passenger plane crashed near the Cookson Airport in Cherokee County.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Oklahoma Highway Patrol worked to investigate the crash.

Authorities said the crash occurred approximately a mile north of the Cookson Airport, which is located west of Highway 82. The crash was about 10 miles south of Tahlequah, on the east side of Lake Tenkiller.

OHP identified two passengers of the plane in a press release Sunday night.

One of them was Albert Demarco, 85, who was in stable condition when flown by helicopter to St. John Medical Center with head, arm, leg and trunk injuries. Another passenger, John McCreary, 75, was was also flown to St. John in stable condition with head and trunk injuries.

The pilot was not identified in the OHP report.

Eyewitnesses told KTUL that two men inside the plane were awake, but only one was talking.

According to the press release, the weather was clear. Witnesses told investigators they heard what they thought was engine problems before they lost sight of the plane as it crashed in a wooded area.

The plane was a part of a breakfast fly-in event.

The plane was a fixed wing, single-engine 1946 Ercoupe registered to Albert Demarco in Ozark, Arkansas. According to the plane's FAA registration information, it had a Continental C85 engine.