Two Texas pilots die when cargo plane crashes, burns

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) The two Texas men who died when a cargo plane crashed in Ohio on a flight from Laredo were experienced pilots.

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority spokeswoman Kayla Lewandowski says the two people who died were aboard the Convair 440. (CNN VAN photo)

Authorities identified the two who died in Wednesday's crash near Toledo as Douglas Taylor, 72, and Donald Peterson, Sr. 69, both of Laredo.

Peterson’s widow, Kathy, told The Blade newspaper in Toledo that the two men had made many flights together, transporting auto parts from Laredo to factories around the U.S.

She said her husband had nearly 50 years of flying experience.

Their plane crashed just short of the runway at Toledo Express Airport, hitting empty semitrailers at an auto repair lot.

No one on the ground was injured.

Investigators haven't released any information about what might have caused the nighttime crash and haven’t said whether any distress call was made from the plane.

Officials said the plane had traveled from Laredo, and stopped outside Memphis, Tenn., on Tuesday before heading to Ohio.