Sunday, September 27, 2015

Accident occurred September 26, 2015 in Denton County, Texas

SANGER (CBS11) — Officials are investigating a single-engine plane crash that happened just after 7 p.m. on Saturday. 

The pilot was performing aerobatics while the pilot of a nearby helicopter was filming the performance, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The plane crashed on a private ranch near the intersection of Atcheson and Waide roads. 

The cause of the crash is currently unknown, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The helicopter pilot was able to rescue the pilot of the plane from the crash site and fly him to Baylor Medical Center in Grapevine. 

The pilot’s injuries are considered non-life-threatening. 

Investigators tell CBS11 the pilot was the only one on board, and no one on the ground was hurt.

The aircraft was quickly destroyed by fire and briefly ignited a small grass fire, which was put out by the Slidell and Sanger fire departments.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead an investigation into the incident with the FAA.

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A small plane has crashed in the western part of Denton County near the Wise County border, the FAA confirmed.

The plane crashed around 7 p.m. Saturday evening near FM 455 in Slidell, according to DPS officials. 

An FAA spokesperson said the pilot of the plane was performing aerobatics at the time of the crash.

The pilot was flown to a nearby hospital by the pilot of a private helicopter that was filming the stunts, the FAA confirmed. 

No one else was in the plane at the time of the crash. The single-engine plane was destroyed in a fire after the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board officials were put in charge of the investigation.

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