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Two North Texas men killed in plane crash identified

Two people were killed Sunday afternoon when their small plane which took off from Arlington crashed in central New Mexico.
Two people were killed Sunday afternoon when their small plane which took off from Arlington crashed in central New Mexico.

A pilot from Mansfield and a man from Duncanville were identified as the two men killed in plane crash Sunday.

Roberto Decena, a commercial pilot from Mansfield, was killed when a small plane that took off from Arlington crashed in central New Mexico, a University of New Mexico Health Sciences spokesman confirmed.

David Collum, 61, of Duncanville, was also killed in the crash, said Sgt. Michael Lopez with the Guadalupe Sheriff Department in New Mexico.

Decena, 57, was the owner of the plane, according to FAA records.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash, which occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday near Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said Monday the twin-engine Beechcraft BE-60 was flying from Arlington to the Santa Fe Regional Airport when the pilot reported engine trouble. The aircraft was diverting to Santa Rosa when the accident occurred.

All six people aboard a small plane died April 22, 2019, when it crashed while preparing to land in Kerrville, Texas.

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