Authorities ID four Texans killed in New Mexico plane crash

New Mexico plane crash

Credit: Courtesy Michael Turri

Four people died Sunday when their small plane crashed near Angel Fire Airport in northern New Mexico. The victims were all believed to be from the San Antonio area.



Posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Authorities have identified four Texans killed in a plane crash in New Mexico on Sunday afternoon.

According to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, 33-year-old Phillip Verhalen, III, was flying a single-engine Mooney plane when it went crashed in the northern New Mexico community of Angel Fire.

Also on board were 41-year-old Sara Verhalen, sister of the pilot; 13-year-old Chloe Marie Jameson, daughter of Sara; and 26-year-old Jennifer Woodward, girlfriend of the pilot.

All four of the deceased are from Texas.

Verhalen had recently moved from Scottsville, Texas to San Antonio for a job at SyberJet. He had only been working there since January.

According to a coworker, Verhalen was returning from a ski trip and was expected back at work on Monday morning.

The plane was en route to the Bulverde Airpark, from where it had originally departed.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the cause of the crash was unknown, but noted that the area was experiencing heavy winds at the time of the crash Sunday afternoon.

Angel Fire is located 150 miles northeast of Albuquerque.