HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - DPS has released the names of the four people killed in a small plane crash in Harrison County.
According to Justice of the Peace Nancy George, four people died after the Cessna 337C crashed south of FM 968 on Waldrons Ferry Road around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. DPS reported the crash occurred about three miles south of Hallsville.
The victims include the pilot of the plane, 51-year-old William Robert Kendrick, of Huffman, and his three passengers, 47-year-old Rebecca Marsh Kendrick, of Huffman, 27-year-old Kaycee Ann Kendrick, of Farmers Branch, and 25-year-old Coty Ray Shrum, of Farmers Branch.
On Monday night, the family of the four who perished released the following statement:
“We would like to express our deepest appreciation and thanks for the kind words and prayers offered in support of the family suffering this great loss. We ask that the media respect our privacy as we move through the grieving process. We refer all inquiries to the appropriate Federal, State and local authorities. They have our full support while they conduct their investigation.“
Lynn Lunsford with the FAA said the Cessna 337C was traveling from Dallas Love Field to New Orleans. DPS reports the pilot of the plane possibly encountered severe weather, causing the plane to lose altitude and crash in a wooded area on private property.
All four victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Nancy George and transported to Meadowbrook Funeral Home in Marshall.
The FAA said they and the NTSB are still gathering information on the crash. An NTSB spokesperson said an investigator would soon arrive to the crash site, and a preliminary report would be released “in a couple of weeks."
Officials originally believed only one person was aboard the plane when it went down.
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