Man killed in plane crash identified

Man killed in plane crash identified

Credit: KHOU 11

A small airplane went down in a fiery crash near Pearland Regional Airport Wednesday morning. Witnesses reported the crash along Hasting Field Road around 8:35 a.m. The plane was flying from Austin to Galveston when the pilot was forced to divert to Pearland because of weather, according to the FAA.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 12:54 PM

PEARLAND, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a pilot who died this week when his twin-engine plane burst into flames after crashing south of Houston was from Alabama.
   
The Texas Department of Public Safety tells the Austin American-Statesman 39-year-old Joe Frank Lassiter III of Mountain Brook, Ala., died Wednesday after his Beechcraft King Air plane crashed in a field near Pearland Regional Airport. Officials say he was killed instantly.
   
The plane was flying from Austin to Galveston's Scholes International Airport when the pilot diverted to Pearland due to low visibility in Galveston.
   
A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman has said the pilot tried to land once in Pearland before making another pass. Witnesses told DPS officials they heard "engines rev up" just before the plane crashed.
   
No other injuries were reported.   

 

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