By Jamey Boyum - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
The investigation into the fatal plane crash began Tuesday morning. It was about 4:30 Monday night that the crash site was discovered in a field off of Landfill Road in Gregg County.
The pilot, was Ronald Vickers of Arlington. He was the only person in the plane and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a Republic Services Landfill Employee, the FAA investigated the crash site for a few hours the morning after it was discovered. They then left without saying if the 186,000 volt lines overhead had anything to do with the crash. Monday afternoon was the last time anyone saw the experimental craft in the air. Landfill employees say they spotted it flying low in the area.
"It was found by the superintendent of the landfill he was out there making the rounds when he did locate the subject," said DPS Investigation Trooper Roy Tower.
Monday night, authorities were not sure of where the plane originally took off.
"We went ahead and checked with Longview and local agencies and we have no flight plan or him coming out of there or fueling in any of those locations," said Trooper Tower.
Although a small amount of fuel was spilled, there was no fire.
In the next few days, the FAA will contact landfill officials about what they will need to do with the wreckage.