One killed in San Marcos plane crash

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News and REBEKAH HOOD / KVUE.com

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Posted on November 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 2:33 PM

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- One person is dead after a small plane crashed in San Marcos Thursday morning.

David Smith, the fire chief of the South Hays Fire Department, told KVUE they received a call about the crash just after 6 a.m.

When firefighters arrived at the scene at the Gary Job Corps Center located at 2800 Airport Highway 21, they found a small, twin engine aircraft on fire and a debris field spread across about 30 yards.

Smith said the one person on board died. That person, the pilot, has been identified as 66-year-old Clarence Schollmeyer from North Dakota.

Officials say the he was taking the plane on a test run. The plane took off earlier Thursday morning from the San Marcos Airport and crashed on its way back.

Because the crash happened near the railroad, Union Pacific shut down railroad service in the area for a short time. It is running again.

Weather conditions Thursday morning included fog and light drizzle, though investigators have not said if that contributed to the crash. The Department of Public Safety is investigating. The FAA is also investigating and will release a synopsis and the victim's identity later Thursday.

Lonnie Hall with Gary Job Corps says their faculty and students have not been affected; the crash happened in remote part of the campus -- an open field adjacent to the railroad.

Hall says the Corps is a program for young people ages 16 to 24 who receive remedial academic training and career technical training.

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