Small plane explodes, burns near Pearland airport
A Beechcraft King Air crashed near Pearland Regional Airport about 9 a.m. Wednesday while the pilot was attempting to land, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The pilot of the aircraft had tried to land once and was going around for another approach when the plane crashed, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said by email.
FAA officials said they were told by local authorities there were no survivors and on the flight plan, the pilot was listed as the only person aboard.
The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that the pilot died in the crash.
Preliminary information indicates that the twin-engine aircraft was flying from Austin to Galveston Scholes Airport when the pilot diverted to Pearland due to low visibility in Galveston, Lunsford said.
Officials have notified the National Transportation Safety Board, which will be in charge of the investigation, Lunsford said.
Lunsford said the plane exploded and burned on impact.
A Department of Public Safety trooper told KHOU-TV that the impact was so intense the plane crashed four feet into the ground.