Plane from Austin crashes near Houston


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Staff

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Posted on February 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 2:27 PM

PEARLAND, Texas -- A small airplane from Austin went down in a fiery crash at Pearland Regional Airport early Wednesday.

Witnesses reported the crash along Hasting Field Road around 8:35 a.m.

Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration says the Beechcraft King Air was flying from Austin to Galveston Scholes Airport. The pilot was forced to divert to Pearland because of low visibility in Galveston. The pilot tried to land but was waved off when he overshot the runway.

Witnesses say he circled again, but they lost sight of the plane in the fog. They heard the engine rev, then crash.

The twin engine plane caught fire on impact. Troopers reported the impact was so intense, the plane's fuselage buried four feet into the ground.

Lunsford reports preliminary investigations indicate the pilot was the only one on board and died in the crash.

The plane went down near two homes, but no one on the ground was hurt. One resident said the impact caused her house to shake.

Firefighters and DPS troopers are on the scene. They have blocked off the crash site.

Lunsford says the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will be in charge of the investigation.

The pilot's name will be released once family is notified. According the FAA records, the plane is registered to TDC Aviation. The company is based out of Delaware.

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