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Debris cleared from ETX plane crash

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Authorities say the pilot who died yesterday in a plane crash in East Texas was headed from the David Wayne Hooks airport in Houston to the Tyler Regional Pounds airport.

According to police, 51-year-old Stephen Annis of Huntsville was killed in the crash Wednesday in the Treasure Cove community near Lake Palestine.

There was debris scattered across the neighborhood and one of the wings was found in the lake. Authorities say most of that debris has been removed.

Witnesses say the plane sputtered and made a nose dive for patch of woods near a suburban area.

"There was no distress call made by the pilot. There are some eye witnesses who say they saw him kind of cork screw into the ground and make impact," air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, Jason Aguilera, said.

Texas State Troopers and investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating what caused the plane to crash.

NTSB will spend the rest of today and tomorrow gathering debris and photographing parts of the plane, then they will ship it to their lab so they can assess it piece by piece.

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