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April 13, 2014

Wife killed, husband and child injured in Denton plane crash

A plane headed to Fort Worth Hicks Airfield crashed Saturday night, killing one and injuring two others.

A woman was killed Saturday night in a plane crash near the Denton Municipal Airport and her husband and child were injured, an FAA official said Sunday.

The victim, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Her husband, the pilot, and the couple’s child suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but they were taken to a local hospital.

The crash was reported shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday north of the Denton Municipal Airport and happened as the pilot attempted an emergency landing.

The plane, a single-engine Beechcraft BE24, was scheduled to land at Fort Worth Hicks Airfield, but the pilot reported losing oil pressure and a loss of power from the propeller, according to FAA reports.

“There were strong winds at the time, which likely shortened the plane’s gliding distance,” said FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford in an email Sunday. “The plane crashed into a field and hit a tree.”

FAA officials are assisting the NTSB in the investigation.

FAA records indicated the plane was owned by N-Ovation Systems of Sapulpa, Okla. Officials with N-Ovation could not be reached Sunday night.

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