Investigators have revealed the identities of three people killed when a single-engine airplane en route to Central Texas crashed in a remote area of West Texas.
A statement from the Cochran County Sheriff's Office identified the three as 61-year-old pilot Thomas Joseph Taylor of Abilene and his two passengers, 35-year-old Matthew Axtell of Basalt, Colorado, and 51-year-old David Bradley Patton of Carbondale, Colorado.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Piper PA-46 aircraft dropped off air traffic radar shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday while en route from Aspen, Colorado, to Brenham, Texas. Law enforcement officials found the wreckage near Morton, about 50 miles west of Lubbock.
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The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.