One Hospitalized After Plane Crashes, Catches Fire Near Mesquite Metro Airport

Plane catches fire after crash-landing in field near Mesquite Metro Airport

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The pilot of a single-engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday afternoon after losing power in an engine, the FAA says.

The plane, a Pilatus PC-12/77, came down at about 3:35 p.m. in a field near northwest of Lawson and Scyene roads, just north of the Mesquite Metro Airport.

The pilot departed Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport about 15 minutes before the crash, according to Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration, and told air traffic controllers the engine lost power moments before hitting the ground.

The condition of those on board has not been confirmed, but NBC 5 has learned CareFlite transported one person to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

A gouge was visible in the field where the plane apparently first touched down before turning and coming to a stop. Most of the fuselage remained intact, though the starboard wing was separated from the plane and was seen burning in the field.

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First responders work the scene of a plane crash near Mesquite, April 23, 2020.

According to data on FlightRadar 24, the aircraft departed DFW Airport to the north and flew toward The Colony before heading southeast toward Plano north of Garland. From there it went south, circled and came down south of U.S. Highway 80 east of Mesquite.

Mesquite Metro Airport, which was closed to traffic following the crash, reopened at 4:39 p.m.

NBC 5's Don Peritz contributed to this report.

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