DALLAS—All six people aboard a small plane died Monday when it crashed while preparing to land in central Texas, authorities said.
The twin-engine aircraft went down just before 9 a.m. as it was approaching an airport in Kerrville, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford.
BREAKING: At least 6 people dead after plane crash in Kerrville, Texas. FAA says the plane had departed earlier this morning from West Houston Airport. The crash happened about 6 miles northwest of the Kerrville Municipal Airport. Updates now on FOX23 News at Noon.
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The pilot and the five other people aboard the plane were all killed, and state law enforcement officials are securing the crash site for FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators, said Sgt. Orlando Moreno, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Beechcraft BE58 took off from an airport outside Houston earlier Monday and crashed about 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of Kerrville Municipal Airport, Lunsford said. The flight was not a scheduled commercial flight, but federal authorities have not yet confirmed the plane’s tail number, he said.
There was a low layer of broken clouds but no rain in the area around the airport at the time of the crash, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Cory Van Pelt.
4-Year-Old Boy, Grandparents Survive Illinois Plane Crash
Authorities say a 4-year-old boy and his grandparents were rescued after their small plane crashed in southern Illinois.
The fixed-wing single-engine Piper PA-32 was traveling from Mobile, Alabama, when it went down in rural Monroe County on its way to St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois, on March 12.
The plane crashed into the yard of Waterloo police officer Trin Daws. He says he and another man broke the plane’s windows with a fire extinguisher and pulled the boy out.
Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Lansing says the boy, his grandmother and his grandfather were talking when they were taken to hospitals. He says they suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening.
Lansing says the grandmother told authorities a warning light went on, oil was spewing onto the windshield and they couldn’t see.