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Pilot dies after plane hits Texas hangar

Published On: Nov 19 2012 07:40:59 AM CST

JACKSONVILLE, Texas (AP) -

Investigators say a 60-year-old novice pilot has died after her small plane crashed into a hangar at an East Texas airport.
    
The Department of Public Safety said Debra Birch was alone in the plane during the crash around 5 p.m. Sunday at Cherokee County Airport near Jacksonville. Birch was transported to a Jacksonville hospital where she died Sunday night.
    
Trooper Tyson Metzig said the Jacksonville woman was doing practice takeoffs and landings in a single-engine plane. Richard Birch says his wife was on her third solo flight. Parts of the plane ended up stuck atop the hangar.
    
Jacksonville is 110 miles southeast of Dallas.