Officials say a small plane crashed while leaving an airport in Plainview, killing the three people aboard.
The Federal Aviation Administration said late Friday that the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed while departing from the Hale County Airport around 9:15 p.m. and that local authorities said the plane was destroyed by fire after the crash.
The FAA said according to a flight plan filed by the pilot, the aircraft was flying from Plainview to San Antonio with three people on board.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that Plainview Fire Chief Rusty Powers said three fatalities were confirmed and their names were being withheld until family members were notified.
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The FAA said the National Transportation Safety Board would be in charge of the investigation and investigators had been notified.