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Officials: 6 People Dead In Plane Crash In Central Texas

The airplane had departed from an airport outside Houston on Monday morning. The six victims were Houston residents.

The Texas Department of Public Safety was one of the first responders at the site where the airplane  crashed.
Brian Kirkpatrick/Texas Public Radio
The Texas Department of Public Safety was one of the first responders at the site where the airplane crashed.

All six people aboard a small plane died Monday when it crashed while preparing to land in central Texas, authorities said.

The twin-engine aircraft went down just before 9 a.m. as it was approaching an airport in Kerrville, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

The pilot and other five people aboard the plane were all killed. State law enforcement officials are securing the crash site for FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators, said Sgt. Orlando Moreno, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Beechcraft BE58 took off from an airport outside Houston earlier on Monday and crashed about 6 miles northwest of Kerrville Municipal Airport, the FAA spokesman said. The flight was not a scheduled commercial flight, but federal authorities have not yet confirmed the plane’s tail number, he said.

There was a low layer of broken clouds but no rain in the area around the airport at the time of the crash, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Cory Van Pelt.

Local resident and former pilot Robert Hurt said he was puzzled why the plane was so far out on its final approach to the airport. He said weather conditions were good.

“No need for instruments, that I could tell,” he said. “I am puzzled why they were this far out. You would not need to come this far out,” Hurt added referring to the final approach.

Construction worker Richard Hall said he was on a Bobcat vehicle when he saw the plane fly about 300 or 400 feet over his worksite. He said electricians working with him said they heard the engine cut out.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the six victims as pilot Jeffrey Carl Weiss, 65; Stuart Roben Kensinger, 55; Angela Webb Kensinger, 54; Mark Damien Scioneaux, 58; Scott Reagan Miller, 55; and Marc Tellepsen, 45. All were Houston residents.

Weiss, the pilot, was a senior vice president for investments at Raymond James and Associates in Houston.