One Killed in Small Plane Crash in Denton

Monday, Apr 14, 2014  |  Updated 10:31 AM CDT
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The Denton Police Department and FAA say one person is dead after a single engine plane crashed Saturday night.

Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News

The Denton Police Department and FAA say one person is dead after a single engine plane crashed Saturday night.

The Denton Police Department and Federal Aviation Administration say one person is dead after a single-engine plane crashed Saturday night.

The crash happened at about 9:15 p.m. near University Drive and Masch Branch Road.

Officer Orlando Hinojosa with the Denton Police Department said three people were aboard the single engine Beechcraft; a husband, wife and baby. The wife was pronounced dead at scene. Hinojosa said the husband and child were transported to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The FAA said the family was headed to Hicks Airfield in Fort Worth.

Authorities said a mechanical failure caused the pilot to attempt an emergency landing in Denton. However, high winds caused the plane to come down about a half-mile from the runway.

"He was trying to make it to the airport. Unfortunately he was about a mile away from the airport before he crashed," said Hinojosa "I think he was in line with the runway at the airport before he crashed because he was I would say about 500 feet, 700 feet from the roadway.

Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the family was traveling from Arkansas to Hicks Airfield.

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