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Pilot severely burned in single-engine plane crash in Brownwood

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:18:45 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 08 2013 07:29:04 PM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

A plane crash in Brownwood left one man injured Tuesday morning.

It happened around 8 a.m. near the Brownwood Regional Airport. Only one person was on the plane when it crashed and burned.

The pilot and victim was identified as 51-year-old Chris Hall of Coleman. Fire Chief Del Albright said Hall was able to walk and talk when they found him after the crash. Hall was transported to the Parkland Memorial Hospital to be treated for burns. He is reportedly in stable condition.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the Beechcraft to crash into some trees about 1,000 feet short of the runway. Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper, Clint Hounshell, said a stalled engine may have caused the plane to come down. The flight reportedly originated out of Coleman.

Brownwood police Assistant Chief James Fuller Fuller said the weather was calm at the time of the crash.

The only planes that fly out of Brownwood Regional Airport are FedEx and small private planes.

Brownwood and Early police and fire departments, along with the Department of Public Safety, were on the scene. Fire Marshal Buddy Preston was the first responder on site.