By Richard R. Barron

Two Ada men were killed early Friday morning when the Beechcraft Debonair 35-33 in which they were flying crashed in a field near the intersection of County Roads 3500 and 1650 south and east of Roff.

According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the aircraft was piloted by Derrick L. Sutherland, 35, of Ada. Dakota Abbott, 30, of Ada was a passenger in the plane. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from Mercy EMS.

The flight left the Ardmore Airport at 1:50 a.m. Friday bound for Ada Regional Airport. 

A family member of one of the occupants notified authorities at about 3:30 a.m. when the plane didn’t arrive. The family member got a “ping” from a cell phone, which alerted her to the area of the crash.

A Pontotoc County Sheriff’s deputy located the wreckage at about 4:45 a.m. in a wooded area during a search of the location.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was on the scene to conduct an initial investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board conducts formal investigations of all fatality aircraft crashes.