Pilot Killed In Fiery Crash In Texas Identified

PEARLAND (February 21, 2014) The pilot who died Wednesday when his twin-engine plane burst into flames after it crashed south of Houston was from Alabama.

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the pilot as Joe Frank Lassiter III, 39, of Mountain Brook, Ala.

He was killed instantly Wednesday morning when his Beechcraft King Air plane crashed in a field near Pearland Regional Airport.

He was flying from Austin to Galveston's Scholes International Airport when he diverted to Pearland because of low visibility in Galveston.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the pilot tried to land once in Pearland before making another pass.

Witnesses told DPS officials they heard "engines rev up" just before the plane crashed.

No other injuries were reported.