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