4 die in plane crash in a northern New Mexico town after taking off. Officials believe that winds were a factor in the crash.
Four people have died in a small, single-engine plane crash in northern New Mexico on Sunday, it was reported.
The plane crashed as it was taking off from the airport in the community of Angel Fire, located around 150 miles northeast of Albuquerque, reported The Associated Press. A spokeswoman with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Lynn Lunsford, said the cause of the crash has yet to be determined, but she said there were high winds in the area.
The four who were killed include two children and two adults. There were no survivors in the crash, police said.
“At this point, it’s really too early to speculate on what might have happened,” Lunsford told The Taos News.
In regards to the strong winds, she said, “Whether that played a role in the accident … investigators will determine.”
Carl Shilcutt, an airport official, told the ABQ Journal that the wind was blowing at around 55 miles per hour.
Witnesses told Eyewitness News television in New Mexico that the family was believed to have been from San Antonio, Texas. The plane was registered to Verhalen Flyers Inc. in Scottsville, Texas, according to the FAA. The destination of the plane is not known.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are sending personnel to investigate the incident.
John Nelly, a resident of Taos, said he saw the plane crash.
“It appeared the plane was trying to build altitude leaving the runway and caught the wind wrong and took a nosedive for the ground,” Nelly told the Taos News.
The Epoch Times publishes in 35 countries and in 21 languages. Subscribe to our e-newsletter.