EMORY (AP) – An 80-year-old man is dead after the small plane he was flying crashed and burned near a private rural airstrip in East Texas.

A statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety says John Armstrong of Emory was the lone occupant of the plane. It crashed about 2 p.m. Tuesday just off Texas 19, about two miles north of Emory and 60 miles east of Dallas.

The DPS says the plane was making a landing attempt when it flipped onto its top and burned.

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