Two Texas Plane Crashes Leave One Dead, Two Injured
Tuesday afternoon was a bad day for Texas plane crashes, as two of them crashed about 15 minutes apart. The worst of them happened in Rusk County, Texas, when a small plane crashed in an area just west of Carlisle at about 3:45 p.m., killing one person. As of now, the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management is investigating, but they have not yet identified the victim of the crash or the owner of the plane.
According to witnesses, the plane made what were described as “funny noises” before it just began to plummet straight down to the ground, flipping and spinning along the way. There was a loud explosion and a fire upon impact. Several witnesses called 911 and tried to help, but the resulting fire was already too intense and dangerous. Firefighters from Carlisle and Henderson arrived within minutes of the crash, as did officers from the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety. When emergency responders showed up, they described the plane as a “crumpled mess” and said it was “burned real bad.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were both contacted and they are on the scene to conduct the investigation into the cause of the crash. As of now, officials have no idea where the plane came from and where it was headed when it crashed. The Rusk County Justice of the Peace pronounced the pilot dead at the scene and the body was taken to a funeral home in Henderson.
The other Texas plane crash happened near Texas Motor Speedway in Denton County. There aren’t many details on this one, except that the plane went down at around 3:30 p.m. in Northlake and firefighters and EMS professionals from the Argyle Fire District responded. There were two people injured and transported to area hospitals, but except to say they were not life-threatening, no other information was forthcoming.
The FAA and the NTSB are in the early stages of their investigation, so finding out how either one of these crashes were caused will take a while. Their investigation will be painstakingly thorough, but everyone needs to know what happened. The families of all of these victims deserve answers to a great many questions. It would be good to know whether radios were working and whether both planes were in good condition when they were used. Also, they’ll ask if the pilots of both planes were qualified and they will try to find out whether both planes in good working condition or if they may have been defective in some way.
With Texas plane crashes, tragedy is always possible and lives are quite often forever changed. That’s why it is important that, if you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed, or suffered significant property damage as a result of any kind of aviation accident, please contact the highly skilled Aviation Accident Injury Lawyer atthe Hill Law Firm as soon as possible, so that we can discuss the circumstances surrounding the plane crash and discover if someone along the line was negligent. We can help you protect your rights under the law.