OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BNc)- Two Christians were among the five killed in a plane crash Tuesday soon after taking off from Wiley Post Airport.

Rick Sandoval and Tim Hartman were the pilots of the Cessna 500 Citation 1 which lost control after lifting off about 3:15 p.m. yesterday. All five occupants of the plane were killed.

Rick, 40, was a missionary in Vitória, Brazil, for a number of years during the 90s. He was active in the Weatherford church. He and his wife Monika have three children, Hannah, Luke and Julia.

Tim, 44, was a deacon at the South Yukon congregation. He and his wife Audra, married for 23 years, have two sons, Matt, 17, and Marc, 13.

One eyewitness saw a flock of birds around the area of takeoff and believed he heard a bird sucked through an engine.

The plane was headed for Mankato, Minn.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He enjoys his new home office. http://randal.us