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Ex-Oklahoma QB killed in plane crash in South Bend

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A University of Oklahoma official says the starting quarterback for Oklahoma's national championship teams in 1974 and 1975 is one of two men killed when a small plane slammed into a house in northern Indiana.

St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday's crash as 60-year-old Steven Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa, Okla.

The OU official confirms that Davis is a former Sooners star. Davis went 32-1-1 as the Sooners' starter from 1973 to 1975 and started every game of Barry Switzer's first three seasons as head coach.

Caves, a businessman who was friends with Davis, owned the plane.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Todd Fox said Monday that Davis and Caves were licensed pilots. It is not clear which man was flying the plane.

The plane attempted to land twice before crashing, according to Fox. 

Investigators have recovered the cockpit voice recorder. Fox says the investigation into the cause of the crash could take a year.

Authorities say the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet flying out of Oklahoma apparently was experiencing mechanical trouble when it crashed late Sunday afternoon in South Bend. It struck three homes, becoming lodged in one of them.

South Bend Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Maggie Scroope said Monday that the two survivors who were on board the private jet were Jim Rogers, who's listed in serious condition, and Christopher Evans, who's in fair condition. She did not have their hometowns or their ages.

Scroope says a woman on the ground who was injured when the jet crashed Sunday afternoon is in fair condition. She identified that woman as Diana McKeown.

Officials say none of the survivors had life-threatening injuries.

A South Bend fire official says they believe everyone connected with the damaged homes has been accounted for.

An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board arrived on the scene late Sunday.

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