Article from the San Angelo Standard Times
Two survive small plane crash at Boys Ranch
By ERIN QUINN and JARED SCHROEDER
January 24, 2003
"Two people survived when a small FedEx plane apparently clipped some power lines and tumbled to the ground Friday morning.
The Cessna C208B, single engine plane landed upside down in a field about 50 yards from the entrance to the West Texas Boys Ranch.
"From what I can tell from the damage, they tumbled after they hit power lines and a fence," said Department of Public Safety Officer Richard Treece.
Shannon AirMed1 airlifted one person to the hospital with an apparent head injury and a second, who appeared to have less serious injuries, was transported by ambulance to a San Angelo hospital.
Both passengers were conscious when officials arrived at the scene. Officials were not certain where the pilots were from. The plane had taken off from Mathis Field, crashing about 12 miles after takeoff.
The plane was on a training flight and wasn’t carrying any cargo, said Sally Davenport, a FedEx spokesperson.
While FedEx owns the plane, it was leased to Baron Aviation.
"What we do is lease these planes to individual operators," Davenport said. "It’s their (Baron) employees that were flying the plane."
National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials had left San Antonio soon after the crash and were expected at the site early in the afternoon. The officials must investigate the accident because it was a commercial flight.
Numerous emergency personnel responded to the crash site. The ranch is about 15 miles southwest of San Angelo.
The Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department received the first call at 10:18 a.m. Personnel from San Angelo police and fire departments, Goodfellow Air Force Base, the Department of Public Safety, San Angelo REACT and a number of area volunteer fire departments joined the sheriff’s department at the site.
A crew with AEP/West Texas Utilities also was on the scene to repair damage to the power lines."
Great news that they got out of there with there lives, this is some major news for a town out in the middle of nowhere like San Angelo is, probably the reason why this hasn't made the major stations. I know the weather was poor this morning but clipping power lines?, that's fancy flying.
Have a nice day!