plane crash killed four people and injured another; a friend of one of the victims talked about her memories of Austin Anderson.
Anderson, Stephen Luth, Luke Sheets, Garrett Coble and Hannah Luce were flying from Jones airport in Jenks on their way to Iowa for a Christian youth group conference when the plane crashed in Kansas around Friday afternoon.
Anderson and Hannah were rushed to a hospital and the other three were pronounced dead on the scene. Anderson died from his injuries about 12 hours later. Hannah is medicated and being treated for severe burns.
Lauren Rockett said Anderson was almost like a big brother to her during their years studying together at Oral Roberts University.
“He is a very tough guy but once you got to know he was such much of a teddy bear,” said Rockett.
They had many of the same classes their first couple years because they were majoring in multimedia but later Anderson switched to a business degree. He would not be able to apply it even after just being hired for a Christian group called Teen Mania; which is the same group he was hired to work for.
Rockett had heard her protective friend rescued Luce after the plane crashed.
“It would be totally like Austin's character,” said Rockett. “I heard he pulled her out of the wreckage.”
Rockett’s classmate, Brooke Ninowski, created a documentary over a year ago about Anderson’s life for a class assignment. In it he talks about feeling fearless because he has God’s help.
“That's one of the only comforting thoughts that he knew before he died, that he lad a relationship with God,’ said Rockett.