Ryan Richardson, Hadley Workman Killed in Bryan County, OK Plane Crash
Bryan County, OK — July 17, 2022, 28-year-old Ryan Richardson and 20-year-old Hadley Workman were killed when an small airplane crashed in Bryan County.
According to reports the incident happened shortly before 3:00 a.m. along the Red River, about 10 miles south of Boswell. Preliminary investigation suggests Richardson and Workman were flying in a single-engine two-seat aircraft described in reports as "experimental"' when they went down in the area for unknown reasons.
Richardson and Workman, both from Fannin County, Texas, were fatally injured in the crash.
Oklahoma authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Plane Crash on Red River in Bryan County
It's a terrible tragedy that these men lost their lives in such a way, and at this early stage of the investigation there are unfortunately still far more questions than answers. How did the plane go down? Did it malfunction? Was it well-maintained? What made it "experimental?" The FAA claims no flight plan was filed; why not? Was the pilot trained and experienced in operating a craft like that? Could anything else have brought the plane down or interrupted its flight--strong winds, birds, another aircraft in their path?
I want to stress that I have no inside information here and I'm not drawing any conclusions about how this incident happened. However, I also doubt I'm alone in wanting more answers. Hopefully with multiple agencies looking into the matter more information will be available soon, but in the meantime anyone on the sidelines should focus on how best to help the victims' loved ones.