Plane Crash Kills Student in FWISD Future Pilots Program

By Omar Villafranca
|  Monday, Jan 25, 2010  |  Updated 7:13 PM CDT
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Plane Crash Kills Student in FWISD Future Pilots Program

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Parents of Plane Crash Victim Speak

Eric Schultz's parents say they're proud of everything their son accomplished in his 15 years of life.

The Future of the Future Pilots Program in Question

The Future Pilots Program in Fort Worth is under the microscope after a teenage trainee died in a crash over the weekend.
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Eric Schultz figured out he loved to fly at an early age, so the Fort Worth Dunbar sophomore jumped at the chance to join the CRP Future Pilots Program at the school.

But the young man died before he could fully earn his wings.

On Saturday, 15 year-old Schultz, and 36 year-old pilot Gregory Green died when the single engine, two seat plane they were flying crashed in a field in Ellis County.

Aviation investigators said the plane took off from Dallas Executive Airport and less than 20 minutes later, nose-dived into an empty field.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to examine the wreckage.

"We look at the man, the environment and the machine. We look at the human factors." said Tom Latson, the chief investigator on sight with the NTSB.

Witnesses told investigators they saw the plane lose control before it crashed.

NBCDFW talked to the Schultz family at their Fort Worth home. Eric's father Thurman, said his son loved flying. He also said, he hopes the school district doesn't end the aviation and future pilot program because of the accident.

The family plans to set up a future pilots scholarship to honor their son.

NTSB officials said the investigation into the cause of the crash could take more than six months.

"We want the families and the friends of the victims to know that we're seriously investigating this crash and we're thinking of them and the difficulties those families and friends are going through right now." said Latson.

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