QB Steve Davis Dies: Former Oklahoma Star Among South Bend Plane Crash Victims [Video]

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Authorities say former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis was one of two people killed Sunday when a jet crashed into a residential area in South Bend, Indiana.

Davis’ plane, which was carrying four passengers total, is believed to have taken off from Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma Sunday.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration say the aircraft was inbound to the South Bend Regional Airport when the pilot reported electrical problems.

The plane crashed a short time later.

“It hit or grazed one house and then hit another one squarely and then embedded itself into a third house,” said South Bend Police Capt. Philip Trent.

Davis and the pilot, Wesley Caves, 58, also of Tulsa, were killed.

Three people (two passengers from the plane and one woman on the ground) were injured and taken to Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

“Two were in good condition and one was in serious condition,” Trent said.

The National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene late Sunday.

The agency said it will be looking for the cause of the crash and “to identify and remedy any issues that could have prevented this accident.”

Davis, 60, was best known as the Sooners’ quarterback from 1973-75.

During that span he started every game and led the team to a 32-1-1 record, claiming back-to-back national championships in 1974 and 1975.

Davis’ school records for consecutive starts (34) and career victories (32) were surpassed only last season by Landry Jones, who started every game the past three seasons plus most of 2009.

After his playing career ended, Steve spent 18 years as a college football broadcaster.

Upon news of Davis’ death, several sports figures took to the net to offer condolences.

Former Sooners coach Barry Switzer, who coached Davis during his first three seasons at Oklahoma, said:

“I’m saddened by the loss of Steve Davis. Great role model for young people on & off the field. He was my 1st QB & had an outstanding career.”

“We lost a great Sooner,” Tinker Owens, a receiver who played with Davis, said in a text to The Oklahoman. “Sad news.”

Here is a video on the tragic South Bend, Indiana plane crash: