Former QB Steve Davis died in a plane crash that occurred near South Bend, Ind. just after 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Davis played for the University of Oklahoma in the 1970s and helped lead his team to two national championship titles.
The Chicago Tribune reports March 18 that Davis and three others were killed in a small twin-engine Hawker Beachcraft. The aircraft was experiencing electrical problems before it went down near the South Bend Regional Airport. Authorities said the plane briefly touched down before it crashed into three other homes in the area.
Davis, 60 and the pilot -- Wesley Caves, 58, -- were killed. Both were from Tulsa. Three other passengers were injured and transported to Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Two are said to be in good condition and one in serious condition.
Steve Davis attended the University of Oklahoma from 1973 to 1975. The football team won the 1974 and 1975 national championship with Davis as the QB. When his playing career ended, he became a college football announcer for 18 years.
Barry Switzer, who coached the Sooners during Davis' years on the football team, issued the following statement:
"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."