QB Steve Davis died on Sunday in the Indiana plane crash that killed one other man on Iowa Street in South Bend. At around 9:45 p.m., QB Steve Davis’ family members found out by a police officer that 60-year-old Steve Davis and the pilot, 58-year-old Wes Caves, died in the Indiana plane crash, reported Tulsa World on March 18, 2013.
QB Steve Davis’ brother, Joe Davis, knew that Steve was on a flight to Indianapolis with Wes Caves, the pilot, since the two friends loved to fly.
The plane, a Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet, was originally scheduled to depart Tulsa’s Jones Riverside Airport around 1 p.m. and it was supposed to be an about 85-minute flight to Indiana. “The plane is registered to 7700 Enterprises of Montana LLC in Helena, Mont. The company does business as DigiCut Systems in Tulsa and is owned by Caves.”
At 3:15 p.m., the plane crashed about 150 miles north of Indianapolis into a room of a house on Iowa Street in South Bend, Ind., after the private jet experienced mechanical troubles.
“The front part of the fuselage sat wedged inside the house just southwest of the South Bend Regional Airport where the pilot had tried to land the plane Sunday afternoon, minutes before the crash.”
At around 6 p.m., QB Steve Davis’ family members heard rumors that a plane had crashed along the flight route that Steve and Wes had planned to take. In order to find out more information, the family called Indiana authorities and the media but Steve Davis’ death was not confirmed until after 9 p.m. on Sunday night.
“At one point, the family was told only one man died on the plane and they became hopeful Steve Davis may have survived. They later discovered the rumor was inaccurate.”
Besides QB Steve Davis and the pilot Wes Caves, two other people were on board of the private jet and they survived. Jim Rogers is listed in serious condition and Christopher Evans is in fair condition. One person on the ground identified as Diana McKeown also sustained injuries when the plane crashed into the home and she is in fair condition.
While Steve Davis’ family is trying to grasp the tragic death of a beloved family member, football fans are mourning the loss of the former University of Oklahoma championship quarterback.
QB Steve Davis’ brother Joe said, “We’re still trying to grasp all of the information. … There seems to be more information coming. … We’re just all trying to take this in stride. … It’s a tragic loss, needless to say.”