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Family: Pastor killed in plane crash near Tyler airport

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An East Texas pastor and one other person died in a plane crash Thursday near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

Tyler police confirmed early Thursday the morning that two people died in the Thursday morning crash.

Thursday afternoon, a family member confirmed Trevor Morris was killed in the crash. Morris is a pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro. He has five children. Morris was also the vice president at Burton Oil Service Operations.

The other person on the plane has not been identified at this time.

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City officials say the Piper PA-31, private twin-engine plane, went down as it was leaving the airport Thursday morning just after 8 a.m. Officials say the plane was headed to Midland.

Initially, officers worked to pinpoint the location of the crash.

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There was an intense smell of fumes when officials arrived on scene however no flames were present and the plane was never on fire. Smith County Sheriff's Department, ETMC Air One, and Tyler Fire crews are assisting. The plane reportedly went down near a quarter-mile south end of the airport.

The sound of aircrafts coming and going is familiar for Fred Wullschuleger. He's lived on Pleasant Retreat Road across from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport for more than two decades.

"We've used to seeing them come across here a lot," Wullschuleger said.
Thursday morning he heard something unfamiliar.

"When I heard the RPM it was real low I knew something was wrong I didn't know if he was coming in or taking off," Wullsculeger said.

Smith County Sheriff's Officials say the aircraft was seen going down from the control tower at the airport.

"I hear this small engine air craft engine rev up and all of a sudden it just died out then boom," Wullschuleger said.

KLTV is told that local crews are handling the emergency response and the FAA will handle the official investigation into what led to the crash. The NTSB has confirmed to KLTV that they are now investigating the crash. The plane will be moved Friday morning for further examination. The Texas Department of Public Safety is securing the scene.

The crash is not impacting any commercial flights, arrivals or departures at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

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