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Plane crashes near Argyle in Denton County

Plane crashes near Argyle in Denton County

Plane crashes near Argyle in Denton County
February 04
22:40 2015

Paul Wedding / Senior Staff Writer

An investigation is underway into a plane crash that occurred near Stonecrest Road outside of Northwest Regional Airport Wednesday night in Argyle, Texas, that killed the sole occupant of the plane.

William Graves, 52, was the pilot of the plane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Officials arrived to the scene after numerous 911 calls were made by witnesses who heard the crash.

“It just got really loud, just like what you would hear in a movie,” witness Brandon Mclean said.

Mclean could tell it was a low flying plane by the sound it made, and after it flew overhead he heard a loud thud.

“It was a bad noise, I knew something happened,” Mclean said.

He went to investigate the noise but couldn’t find anything except other curious neighbors until emergency crews arrived and located the aircraft.

The plane was a twin-engine Cessna 441, a twin-engine turboprop pressurized aircraft that can seat up to nine passengers.5_plane_web1

Police and rescue crews work through the night at a plane crash site in Argyle on Wednesday. The crash site was on US 377 just south of Argyle High School. Photo by Devin Dakota – Staff Photographer

The plane was still mostly intact after the crash, but a large amount of gasoline spilled across the scene. The plane landed in an industrial area near a field, surrounded by dirt and machinery.

According to Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Lonny Haschel, the plane made no contact with any buildings. It is still unclear why the plane crashed, a matter Haschel said will be determined by the FAA.

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A map indicating the nearest intersection to the crash site at FM 407 and US 377 in Argyle, Texas.

Original brief:

Multiple sources are reporting a plane crash Wednesday night in Argyle close to Highway 377 near Cross Timbers Community Church.

Staff reports confirm the person on board the aircraft was killed, but no further information detailing the pilot’s identify has been released.

First responders from Argyle, Flower Mound and Denton County are on the scene. According to CBS 11, Federal Aviation Officials are said to be en route.

North Texas Daily reporters are on the scene, and this story will be updated when the news becomes available.

Featured Image: Emergency vehicles crowd the crash site of a downed plane. The pilot did not survive the crash and was the only one on board. Photo by Hannah Ridings – Staff Photographer

“It just got really loud, just like what you would hear in a movie.” Said he then heard a loud thud and went outside with other neighbors but couldn’t find anything at first.

“It was a bad noise, I knew something happened.” Brandon Mclean

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