Twin-Engine Plane Crashes Near Hicks Airfield

Three people injured in crash

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011  |  Updated 8:32 PM CDT
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Witness Wesley Cleveland talks about a small twin-engine plane crash in North Fort Worth.

Lindsay Wilcox, NBC 5 News

Witness Wesley Cleveland talks about a small twin-engine plane crash in North Fort Worth.

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Edited 911 calls reporting a small, twin-engine plane crashed near Hicks Airfield in far North Fort Worth
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Three people were injured after a small, twin-engine plane crashed near Hicks Airfield in far North Fort Worth Wednesday morning.

The plane crashed in a field near the 3200 block of Peden Road, just west of the airfield, at about 9 a.m. The plane broke apart on impact and sparked a small fire that consumed much of the debris.

The airport's manager, Don Browning, told NBC 5 that the plane is a Beechcraft Duchess twin-engine aircraft that was used as a trainer by the Hicks-based Pro Aircraft flight school.

Browning said the school's chief instructor was on board the aircraft.

Officials later confirmed that a male flight student and the instructor were in the front and that a female flight student was in the back.

It is not yet known who was piloting the aircraft or if the pilot made any distress call prior to the crash.

Two of the people on board suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken by CareFlite to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The third person was taken by ground ambulance to JPS with non life-threatening injuries.

Their condition was not known, but all three people were alert and talking when they went to the hospital.

According to its web site, Pro Aircraft has been training pilots for more than 15 years on small single and twin-engine aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration is at the scene assisting in the investigation into what caused the plane crash.

NBC 5's Julie Tam contributed to this report.

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