Breckenridge Texan

Small plane crashes at local airport; no injuries reported

Small plane crashes at local airport; no injuries reported
October 14
14:57 2019

A small plane crashed in a field just east of the Stephens County Airport runway on Monday afternoon, Oct. 14, setting a grassfire that was extinguished by the Breckenridge Fire Department. According to county and city officials, there were no injuries reported in the incident, which happened at about 12:45 p.m.

Based on unofficial reports from the scene, the pilot reported that the single-engine prop plane suffered engine problems as he attempted to land at the airport. One wing clipped trees along a fence line as the plane crash landed. The plane caught on fire, and the doors of the plane were blocked.

The pilot and the only passenger aboard reportedly used the emergency exit to get out of the plane uninjured. Both the pilot and passenger are from San Angelo.

In addition to the BFD, also responding to the scene were the Breckenridge Police Department, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Sacred Cross EMS and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Federal Aviation Administration is en route to the scene.

The crash is currently under investigation by the DPS.

A small plane reportedly experienced engine problems on Monday afternoon as it attempted to land at the Stephens County Airport. One of the plane’s wings clipped trees along a fence line, pictured in the foreground, and caught on fire in a field just east of the runway. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Story by Tony Pilkington and Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge firefighters are on the scene of a plane crash near the Stephens County Airport on Monday afternoon. The small plane crashed, following reported engine problems. The plane caught on fire and started a grassfire in the immediate area, which was extinguished by the Breckenridge Fire Department. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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