KERRVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Witnesses say they heard a twin-engine plane sputter and saw its tail dragging just before it crashed in Central Texas, killing all six people on board.
The plane crashed in a rocky, hilly area. The wreckage was not visible from the road. (CNN VAN photo)
The Beechcraft BE58 crashed Monday morning as it approached Kerrville Municipal Airport, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio on a flight from an airport outside of Houston.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says Jeffrey C. Weiss was piloting the plane.
The plane's co-owners say Weiss regularly volunteered to fly sick people from around the country to hospitals in Dallas and Houston.
The DPS identified the passengers killed as: Houston landscape architect Marc Teppesen; his associate Mark Scioneaux; Houston architect Scott Reagan Miller; and Houston real estate investor Stuart Kensinger and his wife Angela Kensinger.
Three witnesses told investigators they saw the plane "spiraling" before it crashed into the ground belly down.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Michael Folkerts says the twin-engine plane was last spotted on air traffic control equipment about 200 feet above the rocky terrain of the Texas Hill Country.
Folkerts says it hit the ground "upright" about 6 miles from the airport in Kerrville while moving at a high vertical but low horizontal speed that's inconsistent with an attempted landing.