PEARLAND (February 19, 2014) A twin-engine airplane crashed Wednesday morning and burst into flames south of Houston after it was diverted from a nearby airport because of poor visibility.
The Beechcraft King Air went down at around 9 a.m. near Pearland Regional Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
The plane apparently departed from Austin en route to Galveston Scholes Airport, he said.
The pilot was diverted to Pearland because of low visibility in the Galveston area, which was shrouded in fog Wednesday morning.
Lunsford says the pilot attempted to land once in Pearland before making another pass.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Sampa said the plane burst into flames after striking the ground nose-first.
The pilot was alone and according to local officials died in the crash.