Small plane crashed in Amarillo neighborhood
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:55:00 GMT —
UPDATE: Authorities say that the pilot of the plane that crashed near a busy I-40 intersection was Ben Harned IV, 53, from Tyler.
In speaking with family members, Harned often flew to Amarillo for business, as an owner of Performance Motors of Amarillo.
AMARILLO -- Amarillo Fire fighters has responded to a report that a airplane went down near 21st & Mirror.
At about 8:45 am calls began to come in to 911 that an airplane crashed into a residential neighborhood.
Emergency responders found that a Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche crashed barely missing several mobile homes.
Witnesses said one person was seen in the plane, who was badly injured.
Ismael Garcia, 33, was at his home, 2104 S. Mirror, when the crash occurred.
"I was in the shower and I thought that since it was raining, there might had been a loud wind, cause I heard a big bang. I came out and the airplane was in my front yard."
The plane has been identified as a Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche. According to FAA information the plane is owned by James Noguess of Hobbs, NM.
Amarillo police at 9:22 am, confirmed that the occupant of the plane is dead.
DPS arrived at the scene to begin their investigation of the accident. Investigators from the FAA and NTSB are expected to arrive to continue thier part of the investigation.
Witnesses at the scene said that they saw the plane turn and dive towards the ground.
Pronews 7 scanners picked up the interaction between Amarillo traffic controllers and the pilot of the plane.
PILOT: "Amarillo Eight Three Zero Yankee we going to go back to Tradewinds."
PILOT: "We have engine problems here - we'll let you know."
AMARILLO TOWER: (choppy) "Do you have Tradewinds sir?"
PILOT: "We uh - have our left engine out um'
AMARILLO TOWER: "unintelligible "
PILOT: "Un negative."
Amarillo Tower lost all contact with the plane and asked other pilots to start looking for the plane.