Ex-Oklahoma quarterback dies in crash

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Steve Davis, the University of Oklahoma’s starting quarterback when it won back-to-back national championships in the 1970s, was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into three homes in northern Indiana, officials said Monday.

St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday’s crash in South Bend as 60-year-old Steven Davis (Obituary, B12) and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa, Okla.

Caves owned the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet that clipped one house before slamming into two more Sunday afternoon. Caves had a pilot’s license, but it was not immediately clear whether he was flying the plane.


Two other people on the plane and one person on the ground were injured.

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The plane leaked enough fuel to force the evacuation of hundreds of people from surrounding homes, but most residents were allowed to return Monday morning. Eight homes remain evacuated.

Frank Sojka, 84, who lives in the first house that was struck, said he was in a bedroom when he heard a loud, dull sound. ‘‘I got up and went into the living room and I could see the sky through the ceiling,’’ he said.

Associated Press