Probe into biplane crash in Roanoke continues

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The investigation into a single-engine biplane that crashed into a cattle pasture Thursday night is ongoing, according to Federal Aviation Administration officials.

The pilot, Phillip Witt of Roanoke, walked away with only minor cuts and bruises from the crash that was caused by his plane losing power after takeoff.

The Meyer Special aircraft lost power shortly after 6 p.m. at Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke. The plane skidded through two fences before hitting a gully and flipping over in an open pasture, said Trooper Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The plane crash wasn’t far from the site of a fatal crash at the airport that occurred Sept. 22, Roanoke Fire Chief Mike Duncan said.

Last weekend, another plane took off from Northwest Regional Airport and crashed in Van Zandt County, killing four people on board.

Lynn Lundsford, FAA spokesman, said all of the crashes are under investigation.

Regarding safety concerns at the airport, which has been in operation for decades, Lundsford said, “The NTSB [National Transportation Safety Board] is in charge of all investigations involving fatalities and regularly makes safety recommendations when it finds something of concern.”

The Dallas Morning News contributed to this report.


BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875. His e-mail address is

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