May 31st, 2011|
May 31, 2011
A single-engine plane crashed into the parking lot of a Galveston, Texas, apartment complex on Saturday night, killing a married couple from Cedar Hill who were aboard the aircraft.
The 1973 Aero Commander plane took off from Dallas-Ft. Worth and was less than three miles away from its intended destination—Galveston’s Easterwood Airport—when it went down in the parking lot of the Z Islander Apartments, hitting a car. Both the 57-year-old pilot and his 48-year-old wife were killed.
The pilot, a maritime systems engineering graduate, had already alerted Easterwood officials that he was experiencing a “fuel emergency.”
Crash witnesses say that there was no fire or fuel at the scene of the crash, and a source close to the investigation told The Eagle that the crash was the result of a fuel leak.
“We are out here to determine the facts of the accident, but the main purpose is to use the facts and make recommendations so we can prevent future tragedies,” said Tom Latson of The National Transportation Safety Board.
Latson told reporters that the crash investigation could take a year.
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Image courtesy of Texas A&M’s The Battalion