NTSB investigates fatal plane crash in Roberts County


    The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a fatal plane crash in Roberts County.(ABC 7 Amarillo Darra Cunningham)

    National Transportation Safety Board investigators are trying to figure out what caused a deadly plane crash Friday morning.

    Two Amarillo residents were killed when the single-engine aircraft crashed in a canyon just off Quarter Horse Road in Roberts County.

    The Texas Department of Public Safety and the NTSB were at the site starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, searching through wreckage for evidence as to what happened.

    DPS has identified the pilot as 75-year-old Charlie Azzopardi and the passenger as 49-year-old Paula Azzopardi. The couple owned Advanced House Leveling in Amarillo.

    The Wagon Creek Ranch property owners tell ABC 7 News that the NTSB did not want anyone to approach the crash site until their findings are complete.

    A DPS trooper on scene tells ABC 7 News the plane would likely not be removed until Sunday.

    The trooper says a team from Dallas would most likely remove he plane from the scene but NTSB has not confirmed.

    This is a developing story. ABC 7 News will have more information as details become available.

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