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pulled this from CH/F1ED.... www.ushighland.com

US Highland executives die in plane crash

Company founder, COO and CFO killed in Tulsa crash

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jul. 12, 2010

A plane crash near Tulsa, Okla., claimed the lives of three executives of motorcycle manufacturer US Highland.

US Highland President and founder Mats Malmberg, 41, Chief Operating Officer Chase Bales, 51, and Chief Financial Officer Damian Riddoch, 37, were returning to Tulsa July 10 after a business trip in Detroit. The three were en route to Jones Riverside Airport in Tulsa on a fixed-wing multi-engine Cessna.

At around 10 p.m., Bales, the pilot and owner of the plane, requested an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport, reporting the aircraft was low on fuel. The plane crashed shortly after in a wooded area in Mohawk Park, 2,000 yards northeast of Tulsa International Airport. According to local authorities, Malmberg survived the crash but died shortly after being rushed to hospital.

A former motocross racer, Malmberg founded Highland Motorcycles AB in Sweden in 1997. After an agreement with sell the company to ATK fell through, Malmberg teamed up with Bales, a fellow motocross racer and venture capitalist, and relocated the company to Oklahoma, renaming it US Highland.

Malmberg is survived by his wife and three children, Bales is survived by his wife and two children, and Riddoch is survived by his wife and four children.

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Malmberg is survived by his wife and three children, Bales is survived by his wife and two children, and Riddoch is survived by his wife and four children.

Best wishes go out to their families and in hopes that US Highland will continue to advance there bikes, as they are a very unique craft.

RIP Mats Malmber, Chase Bales, and Damian Riddoch.

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Best wishes go out to their families and in hopes that US Highland will continue to advance there bikes, as they are a very unique craft.

RIP Mats Malmber, Chase Bales, and Damian Riddoch.

So sad. Didn't "Stapleking" have some affiliation with Highland? Have not seen any post from him lately.

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So sad. Didn't "Stapleking" have some affiliation with Highland? Have not seen any post from him lately.

I was thinking the same.. he was based in NY I recall,

VERY sad news for whoever was involved.

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thoughts and prayers go out to the family of those who died....

the original maker of the motorcycle is here in Co, and alive and well,.

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For those who've commented above, I sold my interest to Mats and left the company last year. I was opposed to the merger with Bales et al. so the best solution for all was for me to end my involvement.

R.

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