HUNTSVILLE, Texas - One person has died after a small plane crashed near Huntsville.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, divers have recovered the body of the male pilot from the crash site. DPS said that police received a call around 9:30 a.m. from a resident on Armadillo near FM 980. The resident had seen a plane crash into a body of water.
DPS added that the search continues for possible additional victims.
Police found a twin-engine Cessna 421 upside down in the water.
"It was on fire," said neighbor John Syphrett, who owns land near the crash site. "Shocking, you know. It's pretty quiet out there and then all of a sudden you hear a plane crashed in your backyard."
The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of the plane reported a possible oil problem and a fire before the plane went down.
Cessna 421 Golden Eagle
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Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Northeast of Huntsville Municipal Airport (KUTS), Huntsville, TX - United States of America
The aircraft experienced an inflight fire and subsequent impact with trees and lightly timbered terrain northeast of Huntsville Municipal Airport (KUTS) in Huntsville, Texas. The airplane came to rest inverted in a small lake, sustaining substantial damage. The pilot and sole occupant of the plane died in the crash.