Fire from fatal plane crash got within feet of homes

Updated: Jan. 31, 2017 at 10:32 PM CST
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(Source: KLTV Staff)
(Source: KLTV Staff)

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Officials were still on scene of a plane crash Tuesday night in Rusk County.

Officials say around 3:45 Tuesday afternoon the plane hit wires from a cell phone tower near County Road 497 west of Henderson.

Officials had to act quickly after hearing a plane had crashed in Rusk County, flames had broken out and were heading towards homes.

Ximena Lares watched as the flames crept to within feet of her brother's home.

"I stood right here behind the house and it still kept on sparking and the fire was going. There were big booms going so people were trying to get away from here," she explained.  "They were trying to see what's going on and my sister came running because she thought my brother's house had caught fire."

"It was pretty scary," she added.

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When the flames were put out, officials say it was a devastating scene.

"Everything is burnt up. The plane is completely burnt. We have no identifiers whatsoever on the aircraft," Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price said.

The FAA confirmed it a Cessna plane was trying to land at the Rusk County airport when it hit wires from the cell tower, which they believe caused it to crash.

Lares said it's not unusual to see planes in the area, but this is the first time she and her family have been so close to a crash.

"There are several small planes every now and then you hear them going above and flying around here but this is the first time this has happened," she said.

Officials confirm the person killed was the only one in the plane. The identity has not yet been released.

Sheriff Price said officials will continue to have the scene blocked off overnight. The FAA will have crews there Wednesday to investigate.

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