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Plane Crashes after Losing Power

A small plane crash was reported around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday morning near the intersection of Midwestern Parkway and Henry S. Grace Freeway in Wichita Falls. 

The aircraft was about to land at Kickapoo Airport when it suddenly lost power, forcing the pilot to make a quick emergency decision.  The 1962 Beechcraft P35 Bonanza single engine plane skidded about 80 yards before coming to a complete stop in a field located right by the Clinics of North Texas.

"It looks like the wind caught them and carried them over to a pile of trees and rocks," said Texas Highway Patrol Corporal Patrick Timms.

There were two male occupants on board, one an instructor pilot.  It is still unclear who was flying the aircraft at the time of the incident.

The news of the crash brought airplane enthusiast Cleo Williams out to the scene.

"I couldn't see it that close so I used my binoculars to try and see what it looked like.  It looks like the tail has broken off from what I can see," he said.

Duane Flack, also an airplane enthusiast made his way out, concerned for the two people on board.

"When you have an emergency landing especially in a residential area like this, you try to look for a clearing. With that being the case, they did a pretty good job finding a clearing," said Flack.

Neither occupant was injured in the crash.  Flack commended the pilot and his quick actions.

"They were lucky to find a spot the way that they did.  It could have been worse that's for sure. I'm glad they were able to walk away from the scene safely," he said.

The Department of Public Safety has contacted the Federal Aviation Administration.  The agency will be out at the scene Wednesday morning to investigate the cause of the crash.

The plane is registered to Glenn Beavers from Wichita Falls.

Stay with Newschannel 6 as we continue to follow this story.

 

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six. 

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