November 2nd, 2012|
November 2, 2012
Thursday morning’s thick fog might be to blame for a plane crash east of San Marcos, Texas, that killed a Cessna pilot, reports the Houston Chronicle.
At about 6 a.m., a small twin-engine Cessna crashed in heavy fog in rural Caldwell County. KVUE-TV in Austin identified the pilot as a 66-year-old North Dakota man. Officials said that he was flying alone.
A Department of Public Safety trooper said that the man had taken off from San Marcos Municipal Airport and was trying to return when he crashed in a field about a mile from the airport.
The Cessna apparently burned on impact, an airport spokesperson said. A person who saw the fireball reported the crash.
Authorities are trying to learn why the plane went down. The foggy weather has not been ruled out as a factor.
A fog advisory was in effect at the time of the accident, with visibility of only one eighth of a mile about 6 a.m. at San Antonio International Airport.
The fog lingered longer than it would have during the summer because the sun comes up later in the fall, and it is at a lower angle. Sunrise on Thursday was 7:47 a.m., National Weather Service said.