Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook: Bright, blue skies and breezy winds out of the south will keep Saturday and Sunday pleasantly warm in the 70s!
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.