The Latest: Plane was ‘spiraling’ before crash in Texas
KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the deadly crash of a small plane in Texas Hill County (all times local):
Three witnesses told investigators in central Texas that they saw a small plane “spiraling” before it crashed into the ground belly down, killing all six people on board.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Michael Folkerts says the twin-engine plane was last spotted on air traffic control equipment about 200 feet (60 meters) above the rocky terrain of Texas Hill Country.
Folkerts says it hit the ground “upright” about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the airport in Kerrville, killing everyone aboard.
He says the Beechcraft BE58 crashed while moving at a high vertical but low horizontal speed that’s inconsistent with an attempted landing.
Kerrville is a community about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio.
Witnesses say they heard the engine of a small plane sputtering and saw its tail dragging just before it crashed in central Texas, killing all six people on board.
The Beechcraft BE58 crashed Monday morning as it approached Kerrville Municipal Airport, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says Jeffrey C. Weiss was piloting the plane. The plane’s co-owners say Weiss regularly volunteered to fly sick people from around the country to hospitals in Dallas and Houston.
DPS identified the passengers killed as: Houston landscape architect Marc Teppesen; his associate Mark Scioneaux; Houston architect Scott Reagan Miller; and Houston real estate investor Stuart Kensinger and his wife Angela Kensinger.