3 Dead After Small Plane Crash in San Antonio

By The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Officials say three people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed while attempting to land at San Antonio International Airport.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says the plane went down around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in a commercial district about a mile west of the airport.

Hood says the plane had taken off from Sugar Land, southwest of Houston, and was headed to Boerne when it experienced engine trouble and diverted to San Antonio. Boerne is located about 30 miles north of the city.

The pilot wanted to make an emergency landing at the airport, Hood said, but ended up crashing into the street.

Hood says flight logs indicated there were three people on board the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration says investigators are heading to the crash site and the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation.

A 20-block scan of the area was conducted in every direction to ensure no debris remained, Hood said.

Officials say no structures were damaged in the crash and no other injuries were reported.

“There were no commercial buildings hit, no apartment complexes,” Hood said. “As tragic as it is, it could’ve been much worse.”

The San Antonio Fire Department is working with police and the city’s Aviation Department on the investigation. Hood said his department was awaiting a call from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration for the next phase of the investigation.

South Dakota Plane Crash

A day earlier, nine people died and three more were injured when a single-engine plane bound for Idaho crashed shortly after takeoff in South Dakota.

Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board told The Associated Press 12 people were aboard the Pilatus PC-12 when it crashed about 12:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, shortly after taking off in Chamberlain, about 140 miles west of Sioux Falls.

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Location of South Dakota plane crash. (USAID via AP)

Knudson said nine people were killed and three were injured. The small plane was bound for Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Authorities have not released the names of the victims. Brule County emergency manager Katheryn Benton told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that the passengers ranged in age from 7 to 81. She said the three survivors were three men aged 28, 27, and 17.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.