May 14, 2012
Plane Crashes En Route To Acquire The Fire, Killing Four
Sole survivor is daughter of Ron Luce, founder of Teen Mania Ministries.
The plane was headed to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for Teen Mania’s Acquire The Fire youth event when it crashed Friday afternoon. Three graduates from Oral Roberts University—Luke Sheets, Garrett Coble, and Stephen Luth—were killed at the scene.
The remaining passengers—Austin Anderson, also an Oral Roberts Graduate, and Hannah Luce, daughter of Teen Mania founders Ron and Katie Luce—managed to escape the wreck and get help, though both suffered serious injuries. Anderson died the following morning; Luce is recovering at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City.
In a statement on their blog, the Luces credited Anderson, a former Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, with saving their daughter’s life.
“We believe [Anderson] helped Hannah out of the plane and to the roadside,” the Luces wrote. “Not only is he a hero for serving our nation, we probably owe our daughter’s life to his courage and strength.”
Anderson and Luth had recently been hired to Teen Mania’s marketing team, the organization said in a statement, though all those involved in the crash “were friends of Teen Mania.” Coble was a professor at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, The Kansas City Star reported.