FAA begins investigation at Cherokee Co. airplane crash site - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

FAA begins investigation at Cherokee Co. airplane crash site

Posted: Updated:
CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Tuesday morning, investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration began their investigation of a presumed fatal airplane crash in Cherokee County.

According to DPS, a restricted area has been set up in the area of Cheeseland Road in southern Cherokee County. Authorities said a twin-engine airplane crashed there around 10 p.m. Monday night.

FAA officials arrived at the site early Thursday and will return with other colleagues from Beaumont after sunrise. No one, including local law enforcement, is being allowed near the crash site at this time.

Law enforcement officials who first located the charred wreckage in field said there were no apparent survivors. DPS dispatchers could not determine how many people have died in the crash.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the aircraft is likely a Cessna 421, which can accommodate between six and eight passengers. The plane was flying from a west Houston airport to Tulsa-Riverside Airport in Oklahoma. Traffic control lost radio and radar contact with the pilot around 9:30 p.m. as the plane was maneuvering to avoid rough weather in the area.

The plane's tail number is not being released until investigators can confirm it is the aircraft that crash. "The FAA will be a part of a team led by the National Transportation Safety Board, which is in charge of all fatal aircraft accident investigations," Lunsford said. That team is expected to arrive at the scene sometime around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Lunsford said he does not know how many people are on board.

Copyright 2012 KTRE. All rights reserved.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:27:58 GMT
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
  • Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

    Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-17 10:53:07 GMT
    Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.More >>
    Layoffs. Reduced hours. These are some of the sacrifices a South Mississippi hospital is having to make to keep the doors open. Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.More >>
  • Police prepare for another spring break weekend

    Police prepare for another spring break weekend

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:39 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:39:37 GMT
    Barricades and yellow caution tape remain up throughout Gulfport and Biloxi in preparation for another Spring Break weekend. This weekend is a little different though because no one knows how many springMore >>
    The coast is preparing for another weekend of Spring Break festivities. At this point though no one knows exactly what to expect in terms of crowd size. There are several events listed on a Facebook page promoting spring break for April 18th through the 20th including a performance by rapper Lil Boosie.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.