TYLER (CBSDFW.COM) – Two people were killed after a private twin-engine plane crashed near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport this morning.
Both the pilot and passenger died after the Piper PA-31 went down shortly after takeoff. The identites of those killed have not been released but Jenny Wells with the City of Tyler said, “I can confirm that one of those folks is local… local to this area.”READ MORE: Texas Democrats In Congress Say It's 'Unacceptable' Gov. Abbott Hasn't Released Billions In Stimulus For Public Education
According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the plane took off just after 8:00 a.m. and crashed shortly after. Officers began searching when they received several reports that a plane had gone down. They found the aircraft in a nearby pasture. Wells said it was “heavily damaged.”Health Officials Urge Safety Measures Against West Nile Virus In North Texas
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are headed to the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board has also been notified.
Officials have not said where the plane was headed.MORE NEWS: 350-Pound Man Wanted In Dallas For Alleged 'Lewd Sex Act With Children Present' In Restaurant
The identities of those killed won’t be released until family notifications have been made.