A plane carrying two Oklahoma State University basketball coaches and a couple ferrying them to Arkansas for a recruiting trip was inspected and its muffler repaired about a week before it crashed, killing all four people on board, according to a report released this week.
The single-engine plane had an annual inspection on Nov. 8, 2011 - a little more than a week before it crashed on Nov. 17, 2011, near Perryville, Ark., about 45 miles northwest of Little Rock, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report dated Thursday and sent to reporters Friday.
''During the annual inspection, the mechanic noted that the muffler was inspected, removed, weld repaired, and reinstalled,'' the report said.
OSU women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna died in the crash on their way from Stillwater, Okla., to Little Rock, Ark., where they planned to scout prospective recruits. The pilot, former Oklahoma lawmaker Olin Branstetter, and his wife, Paula Brans...