WELLS (November 27, 2012)--The pilot of a twin-engine plane died in a fiery crash in East Texas during a flight from Houston to Oklahoma, officials said Tuesday.
Department of Public Safety Trooper David Hendry said Tuesday that the pilot was alone on board.
The victim's name wasn't immediately released.
The Federal Aviation Administration said searchers found the Cessna 421 wreckage Monday night in a field near Wells, about 140 miles northeast of Houston.
The plane was en route from West Houston Airport to Tulsa Riverside Airport when contact was lost around 9:30 p.m. Monday.
Officials believe the pilot was trying to avoid bad weather near Cherokee County when the plane went off radar.
Records show the plane is registered to H-S Air LP in Broken Arrow, Okla.
A man who answered the phone Tuesday would not provide his name, declined to answer questions about the accident and hung up.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said Tuesday that the wreckage is badly burned and officials weren’t sure at first how many people might have been aboard.
The aircraft is capable of carrying six passengers and a two-person crew.