A Mansfield couple was killed Thursday afternoon when their single-engine plane crashed near an airport in Fredericksburg, authorities and a family member said.The bodies in the wreckage were identified as Donald Frosch, 44, and Jeanne Frosch, 41, said Sgt. Jason Reyes, a Department of Public Safety spokesman based in San Antonio.Jeanne Frosch’s brother, Jason Streit of Vernon, confirmed the deaths. He said the couple was headed to Fredericksburg for a weekend getaway. Their 8-year-old daughter, Ayden, was being cared for by his and Jeanne Frosch’s mother while the couple was away.Lynn Lunsford, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Fort Worth, said the single-engine Cessna 182 began its flight at Spinks Airport in far south Fort Worth.The plane crashed on Hollmig Lane about two miles east of Gillespie County Airport, southwest of Fredericksburg, Reyes said.A small fire was put out quickly by first responders, Reyes said.The cause of the crash had not been determined by early Thursday evening.“FAA investigators are en route” and the National Transportation Safety Board was notified, he said.“They’ll be putting a team together and arriving on scene, probably tomorrow,” Lunsford said.Jason Streit said his sister grew up in Vernon with four brothers. She met Donald Frosch at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, which was Donald’s hometown. They married in 1996, he said.She was a sales representative for a pharmaceutical company and he worked in information technology, Streit said.Donald Frosch became a pilot because he was interested in aviation, but Streit said he didn’t know how long he had been flying.“They’d rent a plane and go for a weekend,” he said.The couple “were great friends and great parents to their little girl,” he said.“How are we going to tell that little girl what happened?” Streit said.
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