ELLIS COUNTY, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety reports a plane crashed in rural Ellis County on Sunday morning, killing two people.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza went down about 10:45 a.m. in a field near the town of Rankin. He said the aircraft was destroyed in a fire that followed the crash.
DPS spokesman Trooper Lonny Haschel said the crash site was near the intersection of County Road 984 and Gorman Road, about 10 miles southwest of Ennis.
He said state troopers found the wreckage on fire in a field, and that the two occupants on board were killed. Their identities have not been confirmed.
Haschel said witnesses saw the 38-year-old aircraft leveling off as if to attempt an emergency landing, but the plane then appeared to stall before crashing into a tree.
Lunsford said the plane's origin and intended destination have not yet been determined. The agency is sending investigators to the scene and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.