MORTON (June 19, 2014) A single-engine airplane that was en route to Brenham from Colorado crashed in a remote area of West Texas, killing all three people aboard, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The Cochran County Sheriff's Office identified the three as the pilot, Thomas Joseph Taylor, 61, of Abilene and his two passengers, Matthew Axtell, 35, of Basalt, Colo., and David Bradley Patton, 51, of Carbondale, Colo.
The single-engine Piper PA-46 aircraft dropped off of air traffic radar shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday while en route from Aspen, Colo., the FAA said.
Law enforcement officials found the wreckage near Morton, about 50 miles west of Lubbock.
Investigators from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were dispatched to the crash site.