KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) – A man regularly volunteered to fly sick people in remote parts of the country to hospitals in Houston and Dallas was at the controls of a twin-engine airplane that crashed on Monday in the Hill Country of central Texas, killing all six aboard.
Jeffrey C Weiss, 65, was a Senior Vice President for Investments at Raymond James and Associates in Houston.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said Weiss, who co-owned the Beechcraft BE58, was at the controls when the aircraft went down just before 9am on Monday while approaching Kerrville Municipal Airport, about 110 kilometres northwest of San Antonio.
Also killed were Stuart Roben Kensinger, 55; Angela Webb Kensinger, 54; Mark Damien Scioneaux, 58; Scott Reagan Miller, 55; and Marc Tellepsen, 45, all from Houston, said DPS Sergeant Orlando Moreno.
The aircraft went down just before 9am as it approached the airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Lynn Lunsford.
State law enforcement officials secured the crash site ahead of FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators’ arrival on Monday.
The flight was not a scheduled commercial route, Lunsford said.
The downed plane was manufactured by Raytheon Aircraft in 1999 and was co-owned by Weiss and Charles Morina of Dallas, according to FAA records.
“We flew people from all over the country to Dallas and Houston” for medical treatment, Morina told The Associated Press.
The cause of the crash hasn’t been determined. However, witnesses heard the plane struggling and sputtering moments before it crashed.