Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook: The drier of the two days with sunshine and warm conditions in store Saturday. An increase in storm clouds Sunday with the potential for more heavy rain late in the day and evening.
JACKSONVILLE (November 19, 2012)—Debra Birch, 60, of Jacksonville, whom investigators described as a novice pilot, died after her small plane crashed into a hangar at an East Texas airport.
The Department of Public Safety said Birch was alone in the plane when the plane crashed at around 5 p.m. Sunday at the Cherokee County Airport near Jacksonville.
Birch was taken to a Jacksonville hospital where she died Sunday night.
Trooper Tyson Metzig said Birch was doing practice takeoffs and landings in a single-engine plane.
Her husband, Richard Birch, said his wife was on her third solo flight.
Parts of the plane ended up stuck atop the hangar.
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