Texas

10 dead after small plane crashes into hangar at North Texas airport

10 killed when plane crashes into Texas airport hangar

Ten people died after a plane crashed into a hangar shortly after takeoff at Addison Airport in Texas on June 30, 2019. The twin-engine Beechcraft BE-350 King Air, experienced difficulties during takeoff, causing it to crash and burst into flames.
Up Next
Ten people died after a plane crashed into a hangar shortly after takeoff at Addison Airport in Texas on June 30, 2019. The twin-engine Beechcraft BE-350 King Air, experienced difficulties during takeoff, causing it to crash and burst into flames.

Ten people were killed when an aircraft crashed into a hangar at the Addison Airport on Sunday morning.

The plane crashed shortly after taking off at about 9:10 a.m. and was destroyed in the subsequent fire. Ten people were onboard the plane and no one survived.

The plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft BE-350 King Air, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration said. The hangar was unoccupied.

Federal officials told the Associated Press two crew members and eight passengers were killed on the plane, which was scheduled to fly to St. Petersburg, Florida. The names of the people who died have not been released.

The plane struggled to gain altitude after taking off from the suburban Dallas airport, veered to one side and plunged into the hangar, local authorities and witnesses told the AP.

The National Transportation Safety Board, established in 1967, conducts independent investigations into all civil aviation accidents in the U.S. and major accidents in other modes of transportation.

FAA investigators were on their way to the accident site and the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation, the FAA said.

The FAA will release the tail number after investigators verify it. Neither the FAA nor the NTSB release the names of aircraft occupants, the spokesman said.

“We don’t know a lot about the people on board at this point,” National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg told the AP Sunday night.

Asked if the behavior of the plane indicated engine failure, Landsberg said: “We cannot confirm that there was an engine failure at this point.

“There are any number of possibilities that could occur,” he said.

The NTSB said the plane had recently changed hands so its tail number was not yet certain. Jennifer Rodi, the NTSB’s lead investigator on the accident, told the AP the plane had previously been owned by a private charter company in Chicago.

Dallas County was helping the city of Addison set up a family assistance center for people affected by the crash, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. The center is staffed with chaplains, counselors and other mental health and support workers, he said.

“It’s a horrible, sad, shocking thing to lose a family member like this,” Jenkins told The Associated Press. “So we’re doing whatever we can to comfort them.”

Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram

Kaley Johnson is a breaking news and enterprise reporter. She majored in investigative reporting at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has a passion for bringing readers in-depth, complex stories that will impact their lives. Send your tips via email or Twitter.

  Comments