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04/23/08 - East Texas

Plane Crash In East Texas Claims Three Lives

DPS officials say search teams have discovered human remains among the wreckage of a fixed wing single engine CIRRUS SR22 that crashed Tuesday afternoon in East Texas.  The remains have been taken to Starr Funeral Home in Hemphill.

Search teams are back on the scene this morning.  The FAA and NTSB have joined the investigative efforts.

An operator with the Texas Department of Public Safety says that the three killed in the crash yesterday were: 54-year-old Daniel McIntire of Humble; George McFadden of New York City; and 34-year-old Heather Hardin of Louisiana.

The DPS operator says that witnesses heard a plane sputtering, but it was obscured by clouds. The plane then broke through the clouds and hit the lake nose first.

The Sabine County Sheriff's Office spent most of Tuesday evening sorting through the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Toledo Bend Reservoir, finally calling off the search last night due to darkness and thunderstorms in the area.  The search resumed at sunrise Wednesday morning. 

A spokesperson with the regional FAA office says air traffic controllers sent out a bulletin that the plane was missing about 3:55 Tuesday afternoon.  Shortly after, they received a 9-1-1 telephone call saying a plane had crashed into the Toledo Bend Reservoir.

Multiple agencies were involved in the recovery effort, as search and rescue reportedly set up headquarters in the Indian Mounds community, East of Hemphill off of FM 3382.  The plane, reportedly an SR22, is listed as belonging to MCAIR LLC of West Memphis, Arkansas.  It was traveling from Tupelo, Mississippi on its way to David Wayne Hooks Airport in the Houston area.

Story courtesy of KTRE.

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