Longview man injured in plane crash near East Side Airport

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Published: Mar. 18, 2016 at 12:33 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2016 at 3:19 PM CDT
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Single engine plane crash near Eastside Airport in Longview. (Source: KLTV viewer)
Single engine plane crash near Eastside Airport in Longview. (Source: KLTV viewer)

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Longview man was injured in a single-engine plane crash near East Side Airport off of Highway 80 in Longview.

Brian Mahan, 49, suffered a broken leg and hip along with other non-life-threatening injuries when his plane crashed, according to his son-in-law, Kyle Williams. He was transported to Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview.

Williams did not want to speculate on the cause of the crash. "I know he's a good pilot, he pays attention to what he's doing, always follows the procedures, so I'm not going to guess at what happened," Williams said.

According to DPS, just after 8 a.m., Mahan's plane went down while attempting to land at a private airstrip off of Highway 80 and East Side Airport Road. DPS says that immediately after taking off Mahan realized there was heavy cloud cover and he would not be able to fly. He quickly turned back around and circled a few times looking for the airport, flying low in an effort to locate the airstrip. Mahan's plane hit some trees and crashed.

Mahan was flying a 1974 fixed wing single engine aircraft registered, according to FAA registration.

FAA investigators are investigating the crash.

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