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Grapevine man killed in plane crash in Midlothian

Officials have identified the man who died when the single-engine aircraft he was piloting crashed Thursday near a quarry in northwest Ellis County.

James J. Marshall, 58, of Grapevine, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near a TXI quarry off of U.S. 67, said Cpl. Charlie Morgan of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Officials for the Federal Aviation Administration were notified at 9:25 a.m. about the crash, said Roland Herwig, a spokesman for the agency. Morgan said he believed that it happened at about 9 a.m.

TXI spokesman Maurice Osborn said the accident happened at the company's limestone quarry in southwest Midlothian, about 25 miles southwest of Dallas.

"He hit the top of a quarry," Cpl. Morgan said, "and tumbled into a field."

Morgan said the pilot may have been trying to make an emergency landing, but he had no information confirming that.

"He was flying way too low to be flying normally," Morgan said. "It will be up to the FAA to determine what he was doing."

It was the second fatal crash of an aircraft this week in Ellis County.

A Dallas man died at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after the glider he was in crashed in a wooded area, about three miles from an airstrip used by the Texas Soaring Association.