Federal agency begins examining plane wreckage in Cherokee County

Federal agency begins examining plane wreckage in Cherokee County

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have arrived in Cherokee County to examine the wreckage from a fatal plane crash.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials said it appeared the plane struck the guy-wires for a television tower in the Ponta area, east of Jacksonville, and crashed around 3 p.m. Monday.

Keith Michael McElvain, 76, of Jacksonville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to DPS, authorities responded to the reported plane crash in a field off CR 4303. The investigator’s preliminary report indicated that McElvain had taken off from the Cherokee County Airport just a few hours before the crash.

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