Tragedy has once again struck the sports world. Tim Valentine, a Kansas-based pilot who appeared in season three of the television documentary series ​Last Chance U with Independence Community College in Kansas, was involved in a tragic plane crash on Saturday in Oklahoma, losing his life along with four passengers.


Independence Pirates head coach Jason Brown confirmed the sad news on Twitter Saturday night.

Fox News is among the outlets reporting that none of the five aboard the plane survived following the crash and subsequent burning of the wreckage shortly after the small plane took off from Ponca City Regional Airport in northern ​Oklahoma. The site of the accident was about 90 miles north of Oklahoma City. 


All five victims were Kansas natives.

Jason Brown finished his eulogizing Tweet by quoting Valentine himself, who was known to insist that "success is not an accident." That quote, which inspired Independence CC throughout the past few seasons, will surely continue to serve as a reminder of the man who perished all too soon. Our thoughts are with the community at this most difficult of times.