Pilot killed in Roanoke plane crash

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DRC/David Minton
Police and firefighters assemble Saturday after a small plane crashed on takeoff in a wooded area just south of the runway at Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke. The pilot died, and the passenger was taken to a Fort Worth hospital.

A pilot died on impact when the plane he was flying crashed while leaving Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, officials said.

The passenger was taken by air ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital, said Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Piper Arrow PA-28R-180 was attempting take off to the south and, for an undetermined reason, lost altitude as it took flight, Haschel said.

“It crashed into a wooded area on the south end of the runway,” Haschel said.

The Roanoke Fire Department responded to the call, which came in at 1:22 p.m. Saturday.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot’s identity has not yet been released.

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is rmehlhaff@dentonrc.com.

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