Storms in area of Sunday night plane crash

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Conditions were rough for an aircraft to make a landing Sunday night and those rough conditions likely led to a plane skidding off the runway.

About 30 minutes before the reported time of landing, First Alert Storm Tracker Radar showed heavy rain falling near the airport with lightning strikes as well.

At 9:00 pm, that storm had fallen apart leaving just light rain. As storms begin to weaken, the strong updraft, rapidly rising air, is replaced by downdrafts or sinking, cooler air.

The pilot may have seen an opening to land his plane but encountered an area of sinking air making his landing rough and the pilot not able to come to a complete stop before sliding off the runway.

Water on the runway could also have made stopping harder. A line of severe storms was located farther off to the northwest as well.

The line of storms was warned for strong winds blowing ahead of the line of storms, also called an outflow boundary.

While not severe by the time the winds reached the area of the airport, these winds could have been anywhere from 30 to 50 mph.

We'll know more once the FAA releases their report.

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