Two survive plane crash Saturday

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A one engine plane crashed in a heavily wooded East Texas area, and a pilot and passenger miraculously survived.

It happened around 1:30 Saturday afternoon as the single engine Cessna went down in a wooded area off Culver road in Gladewater, one mile south of Highway 80. When Department of Public Safety troopers arrived on scene, witnesses say they saw the plane in some obvious trouble as it flew over their homes.

"When he circled over the rodeo grounds, I knew the plane had trouble, he wasn't running very well. We heard him go down back here behind us and my son called 911," says neighbor Bobby Knight.

The plane crashed in a heavily wooded area, not accessible to cars.

"Looks like he had some engine failure, trying to make it back to Gladewater airport. The plane was tangled in the trees, wing was broken and all the fuel was leaked out on the ground," says DPS Trooper Brent Smith.

When rescuers arrived they found that both pilot and passenger were alive and talking.

"Someone should have died. That wasn't nothing but the Lord. Somebody should have died in that plane," says neighbor Chris Hawley.

Witnesses say the pilot had lost power to his aircraft and was looking for a place to set down, but he didn't have enough room.

The pilot tried this clearing, but ripped into the trees. The wings were mangled and the plane came to rest on its side.

"You know that wasn't nothing but the Lord working," Hawley says.

No word on the extent of injuries; one man was taken to an area hospital.

DPS troopers say the investigation into that crash has been turned over to the FAA

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