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Man killed in ETX plane crash identified

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A piece of the wreckage at FM 344 and Doggett Road. A piece of the wreckage at FM 344 and Doggett Road.
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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

One person is dead after a plane crashed in a neighborhood near Lake Palestine on Wednesday afternoon.

The plane, which the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed was traveling from Houston Hooks Airport to Tyler-Pounds Regional Airfield, went down in the Treasure Cove area of Lake Palestine around 3 o'clock. Pieces of debris were scattered over miles of area.

A spokesperson with the Texas Department of Safety confirms that Stephen Annis, 51, of Huntsville, TX was killed.

Officials say the plane essentially spiraled, and nose dived into the ground.

Witnesses who saw the plane in the air say it was clear the pilot was going down.

"I heard the engine sputter on the plane," said David Fritsche, who was playing golf nearby. "I looked up and spotted him, as he was in a direct nose dive."

Laura Trotter, who lives right near the crash site, said she heard the plane coming in, and knew it was going to crash because the sound kept getting louder and louder.

"I know that pilot was trying his dead-level best to miss all these homes, and make it to the lake, so that he didn't hurt anybody else," Trotter said. "I think that pilot knew he was going down."

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