Six dead in crash of twin-engine plane in Texas

(Reuters) – All six people on board a twin-engine plane died when it crashed on a private ranch near an airport in Kerrville, Texas on Monday, officials said.

The pilot of the Beechcraft BE58 was preparing to land at Kerrville Municipal Airport when the plane went down, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

The wreckage was found about 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the airport, which is about 100 miles (160 km) west of Austin, the state capital.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are also on their way to the scene.

The flight had departed earlier on Monday from West Houston Airport in Texas, Lunsford said in an email.

None of the plane’s occupants survived and all six victims were adults, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Orlando Moreno said by phone. No one on the ground was injured.

None of the victims has been identified by authorities.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by James Dalgleish

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