Two Die in Experimental Small Plane Crash, West Texas

Two people died in the crash of an experimental Christen Eagle aircraft, which was found Monday about 12 miles west of San Angelo, the Tom Green County Sheriff's Department said.

Experimental Small Plane Crashes In West Texas, Two DeadTwo people died in the crash of an experimental Christen Eagle aircraft, which was found Monday about 12 miles west of San Angelo, the Tom Green County Sheriff's Department said.

The plane took off from San Angelo Regional Airport - Mathis Field at 4:04 p.m. Sunday, San Angelo city spokesman Ty Meighan said. The crash site was near Arden Road/853 at Pullium Ranch Road.

Lynn Lunsford of the FAA's Lubbock office said the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and FAA investigators were en route to the crash Monday.

The aircraft, a Christen Eagle II single-engine fixed wing, is described on its FAA registration as an amateur-built experimental aircraft. The owner is shown as John D. Rice of Maddock, N.D.

"It's experimental but it's a pretty high performance airplane," Lunsford said Monday.

Meighan said Goodfellow Air Force Base notified the city Monday morning that one of its employees had not reported and the base was concerned about him.

Meighan said he was notified about 3:50 Monday afternoon that the aircraft had been found by U.S. Customs, which had looking for it.

Identification of the two people on board has not been released.

San Angelo Standard Times