Small Airplane Crash Kills At Least One in Texas

by Jennifer Shea
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A small airplane carrying one person crashed near Houston on Tuesday morning, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials said.

The plane, a single-engine Cessna 208, took off from Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport early Tuesday morning. It crashed about 50 miles southwest of the airport at about 9:40 a.m. That’s close to Fulshear, Texas.

The pilot died in the crash, the FAA and the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed to Fox News.

The pilot had been en route to Victoria, Texas at the time of the crash. KHOU reports that one other person besides the pilot died. The Cessna cargo plane apparently ran into a paraglider before it crashed.

The accident scene reportedly stretches across three locations. They’re approximately four miles apart.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the accident.

Plane Crashed While Carrying Cargo for UPS

The Cessna crashed at a firing range about a half-mile from the Weston Lakes subdivision. The body of one of the crash victims landed in a yard near the subdivision, Fort Bend County Constable Chad Norvell revealed on Tuesday.

Officials reportedly demurred when asked for details about the crash. They said a preliminary report is due out next month.

“Some of your questions will be answered by the preliminary report in two weeks or the full investigation report, which could take 1-2 years,” NTSB spokesperson Eric Weiss told KHOU in a statement.

Authorities have declined to name either of the two victims. But a UPS spokesperson announced that the Cessna was carrying cargo on behalf of UPS.

“UPS is aware of an accident involving a small aircraft that departed Houston Tuesday morning on a flight to Victoria, TX,” UPS media relations director Jim Mayer said in a statement. “While the accident did not involve a UPS aircraft or employees, the flight was contracted to carry UPS packages. Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this tragic situation.”

The area where the crash occurred sees an unusually high amount of paragliding activity, according to KHOU.

Airplane Accidents Are Surprisingly Common

Fatal airplane crashes are not quite an everyday occurrence in the U.S. But they do happen fairly often when small planes are factored in. According to FAA data, the U.S. has seen 13 fatal aircraft accidents just within the last ten days.

While initial accident data becomes available quickly, it usually takes longer for the FAA and the NTSB to investigate crashes and determine what caused them.

NTSB spokeswoman Jennifer Gabris told the Petoskey News-Review earlier this month that typically, a final accident report from the NTSB takes between 12 to 24 months to complete and will include an analysis and probable cause.