Two die in Roanoke small plane crash

Posted Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012  Print Reprints
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ROANOKE - A pilot and a flying instructor were killed after an airplane crashed in a heavily wooded field in southern Denton County on Saturday afternoon.

The instructor, 63-year-old Charles Yates of Grapevine, was taken by helicopter ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries and then died less than two hours later, authorities said.

Christopher Pratt, 41, a licensed commercial pilot from Argyle, was pronounced dead about 1:30 p.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office. Pratt, the plane's owner, reportedly was training to become a flying instructor himself.

His Piper Cherokee PA-28 R180 attempted a take off heading south but quickly lost attitude and pancaked into a wooded area in Northlake shortly before 1:20 p.m., about a half mile from the runway of Northwest Regional Airport, said Lonny Haschel, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The wings of the aircraft broke off and ended up in trees while the fuselage crashed into the ground, Haschel said.

Pratt was killed on impact, Haschel said.

Northwest Regional Airport, Roanoke, TX
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