A 19-year-old Baylor student and a church pastor have been identified as the victims of a fiery Texas plane crash.
Baylor University sophomore Robert C. Marshall, 19, and Kelle Hein, 65, the pastor of Family Baptist Church in Laredo, died last Thursday in the crash of a twin engine Piper 31-P Navajo at Laredo International Airport.
Marshall transferred to Baylor for the spring semester and was majoring in sciences, the school said in an email to students and staff.
Funeral services were pending Monday.
“Although Robert was only with us at Baylor for a couple of months, he had already made an impact as an outstanding student with a passion for aviation and unlimited potential. Aviation is a close-knit community, and Robert will be greatly missed here at Baylor by his fellow students, as well as our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Trey Cade, assistant research professor and director of the Baylor Institute for Air Science, who was one of Robert’s professors.
The pilot reported smoke coming from an engine and was attempting to return to the airport shortly after taking off Thursday when the plane crashed and burst into flames.
The plane was owned by Robert Marshall, of Bruni, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.
Marshall is the CEO and president of Marshall Aviation, a charter service.
Hein was a pilot for many years and he worked with several people including Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, for whom he flew over a period of 15 years, KGNS-TV in Laredo reported.