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12/21/03-VAN ZANDT

PLANE CRASH KILLS TWO

Two people were killed Sunday after the small airplane they were flying in ran out of gas and crashed while trying to land. The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. in rural Van Zandt County. The small engine Cessna 172 was found near a private airfield about 5 miles West of Van on CR 1319. Department of Public Safety reports show 83-year-old Brady Sweeny was piloting the plane with 81-year-old Ruby Stevens as a passenger. Investigators believe the plane was out of gas and Sweeny was unable to control it in the high winds. The plane crashed in a bank of trees about 100 yards past the runway. Both Sweeny and Stevens died at the scene. The FAA is assisting in the investigation.

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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