The lone occupant of a small plane was killed Monday when the aircraft crashed into a back alley in a Lubbock neighborhood and burst into flames, officials said.
The single-engine Cessna Centurion out of Belen, New Mexico, crashed about 4 p.m. Monday while heading toward the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The crash site was about seven miles south of the airport in a mixed residential, commercial and industrial neighborhood.
The burning wreckage slid from the alley through a fence and into a back yard, according to Lubbock fire Lt. Philip Grandon. The occupant inside was dead at the scene, he said, adding that no surrounding structures were damaged.
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The pilot’s identity was withheld and no cause for the crash has been determined. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate.