Plane crash kills 5 in Brazos County
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
BRAZOS COUNTY -- A six-seater, single engine plane crashed late last night in northeast Brazos County, taking the lives of all five of its passengers on board.
Now, investigators from the FAA and the NTSB are trying to determine the cause, which is likely related to bad weather.
Neighbors are saying this plane crash is a horrific tragedy.
"I said oh my God. This is a tragic scene here, that's the first thing that came to my mind," said Tommy Pack.
Donald Bienski added, "It's always sad, but it's especially sad with the Christmas time."
In just a matter of minutes a family was killed after the plane they were traveling in crashed into a pasture off Jack Manning and Macey Road.
Jimmy Morgan, with the Texas Highway Patrol said, "The Conrad's here both heard a crash and they didn't know exactly what it was so he got on his tractor and drove out to where he saw that and then realized it was a plane crash."
The pilot, 33-year-old Michael Butler, his wife Kelly, their two children Brooke and Braden and the pilot's brother, David Shane Butler, were all killed instantly.
Authorities are investigating the plane crash and say bad weather could have played a factor in why this plane went down, killing a family of five including a 14-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother.
"At some, point probably near Madisonville, they encountered some bad weather. They were give some instruction out of a tower in Fort Worth to try and go around the weather but I think they actually went the wrong direction from what I've been told," said Sgt. Charles Booker.
Investigators aren't sure when the plane began breaking apart but debris and one of the plane's wings were found scattered throughout the pasture.
The plane originally took off from Atlanta, stopped to re-fuel in Jacksonville, MS and was then en route to Waco where the family was supposed to visit relatives, before crashing.
BRAZOS COUNTY -- Shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night a six-seater Piper single-engine plane crashed in northeast Brazos County killing all five passengers on board.
DPS officials believe three adults, one teenager and an infant were killed in the crash.
DPS Sergeant Charles Booker said they believe the plane had initially taken off from Atlanta, Georgia and then made a stop in Jacksonville, Mississippi. The plane was then en route to Waco.
The plane made contact with a control tower in Fort Worth after experiencing bad weather. The plane was advised to avoid the weather and fly in one direction but Sgt. Booker said he believes the plane might have become lost and actually flew into the storm.
The plane was found in a pasture near Macey Road and and Manning. A wing of the plane was found nearly 400 yards away from the wreckage.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be at the crash site Tuesday to investigate the cause of the crash.
KYLE will have a crew at the scene and we'll bring you the latest details as they become available.