Plane crash investigation could take months

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Headlights on emergency vehicles shine on a single-engine aircraft that crashed late Saturday night just north of Denton Enterprise Airport. The wife of the pilot was killed upon impact, according to officials. The pilot and the couple's child were taken to a local hospital with injuries that were reported as not life-threatening.

Pilot was attempting emergency landing before fatal accident

Officials had not released by Sunday evening the identity of a woman who died in a single-engine plane crash in Denton on Saturday.

The airplane crashed a half-mile north of Denton Enterprise Airport late Saturday, killing the pilot’s wife.

Denton police secured the crash scene and the National Transportation Safety Board arrived to investigate Sunday morning. The incident also is under review by the Federal Aviation Administration, officials said.

Officials say the investigation could take six to eight months to complete.

Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the plane was carrying a family of three who were traveling from Arkansas to Hicks Airfield, located 12 miles north of downtown Fort Worth.

Kenneth Hedges, spokesman for Denton Fire Department, said the family was flying in a Beechcraft single-engine plane when they attempted to make an emergency landing due to mechanical issues.

The wife of the pilot was killed instantly, according to officials. The victim’s husband and the couple’s child were transported to Denton Regional Medical Center with injuries deemed to be not life-threatening.

The plane crashed between U.S. Highway 380 and Jim Christal Road on the west side of Masch Branch, officials said. The plane was not on airport property, Hedges said.

Officer Orlando Hinojosa, spokesman for Denton police, said officers were dispatched to the crash at 9:20 p.m.

“The pilot made a call to air control at Denton airport saying he had lost all pressure,” Hinojosa said.

Staff writer John D. Harden contributed to this report.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.


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