Small plane crash in Texas, 2 dead

2013-08-12 05:17:33 GMT2013-08-12 13:17:33(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HOUSTON, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- A small plane crashed in rural Ellis County in the U.S. state of Texas Sunday with two pilots killed aboard, local media reported.

The crash happened around 10:30 a.m.(1630 GMT), local TV ABC13 reported. The site is near Bardwell, about 55 km south of Dallas, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said in the report.

Haschel said witnesses saw the single-engine Beechcraft level off as if to make an emergency landing but appeared to stall and then crashed into a tree. The plane caught fire immediately and two pilots aboard were killed at the scene.

The victims' names were not released and nobody else was on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board will send a team to the site on Monday morning to determine what caused the accident.

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