A West Texas couple and their son have died in the fiery crash of their single-engine plane while trying to land in Amarillo during fog.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident early Monday killed William Michael Capt, his wife Robin Lea Capt and their 19-year-old son, William Michael Capt II. The parents were 48 years old. The victims were from Canyon, 15 miles southwest of Amarillo.
DPS Sr. Trooper Chris Ray said the father recently bought the aircraft. Federal Aviation Administration records still listed the plane as being registered in Naples, Fla.
Authorities are trying to determine what caused the crash on a flight from Lubbock to Amarillo. The plane went down in a lakebed about 2 miles north of Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.
The previous story:
Emergency personnel have located the burned remains of a single-engine plane that crashed in the Texas Panhandle - killing all three people on board.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers found the wreckage Monday morning about 2 miles east of Amarillo after heavy fog lifted.
Sr. Trooper Chris Ray said investigators are trying to determine if weather played a role. Forecasters say conditions were foggy when the Beechcraft went off radar around 1:30 a.m. CST Monday. The wreckage was found nearly six hours later in a lakebed.
The pilot was in contact with air traffic controllers in Albuquerque, N.M., while trying to land at Tradewind Airport in Amarillo, then switching to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.
Names of the victims weren't immediately released. The plane is registered in Naples, Fla.
The previous story:
Searchers in the Texas Panhandle are trying to find a small plane that disappeared from radar while flying from Lubbock to Amarillo.
Emergency officials say the single-engine aircraft went missing early Monday about 2 miles east of Amarillo. The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot was in contract with air traffic controllers in Albuquerque, N.M., before the Beechcraft dropped off radar.
Patrick Rhodes with Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport said the plane tried to land at Tradewind Airport in Amarillo, but aborted landing. Rhodes said the pilot then headed for the international airport but never arrived.
The National Weather Service said conditions were foggy at the time the plane disappeared around 1:30 a.m. CST Monday.
The FAA says the plane is registered in Naples, Fla.