Texas Game Wardens Injured In Plane Crash Were Looking For Poachers

Three Texas game wardens who were injured when their plane crashed in a rugged mountain area were looking for poachers, officials said Thursday.

Franklin Mountains (File photo)

EL PASO (November 11, 2010)--Three Texas game wardens were recovering Thursday after their plane crashed as they looked for poachers in a remote area near El Paso.

University Medical Center of El Paso supervisor Debbie Harp said wardens Hallie Dacy, A.J. Smith and Kenneth Zuber were hospitalized Thursday in stable condition.

Harp said they all suffered non-life threatening injuries the crash Wednesday.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman Mike Cox said the game wardens were looking for people who illegally hunt mule deer and aoudad and had spotted a suspicious vehicle.

The plane in which they three were flying was turning when it crashed into the Franklin Mountains.

The single-engine Partenavia P68 Observer crashed around 11 a.m. Wednesday just across the New Mexico border.

Cox says the cause of the crash is under investigation.

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