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Former Sooner QB Steve Davis Among Plane Crash Victims

Mar 18 2013 9:46AM

A legendary former college football quarterback has been identified as among three people killed in an Indiana plane crash late Sunday night, officials say.

Steve Davis, 60, who led the University of Oklahoma to its fifth national championship in the 1970s, died when the plane went down near the South Bend Regional Airport, hitting three homes, WSBT-TV, South Bend, reported Monday.

Wesley Caves, 58, of Tulsa, Okla., also was killed.

A small Beechcraft jet carrying Davis, Caves and two other people was cleared for landing at the airport about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. It touched down then climbed again before crashing into a nearby neighborhood.

The plane is registered to a Helena, Mont., company owned by Caves.

Tinker Owens, one of Davis' receivers on two national championship teams, said, "We've lost a great Sooner," the (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman reported.

The two other people on the plane were hospitalized in fair condition. A person on the ground also was injured.

As OU's starting quarterback, Davis led the football team to a 32-1-1- record in 1974 and 1975.

He was a color commentator for CBS Sports college football in the 1980s.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2013

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