CEO of Longview area business dies in Florida plane crash

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POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014 - 4:33pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 24, 2014 - 8:21pm

The president and CEO of an East Texas business died late Friday from injuries he received in a morning plane crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at 10:53 a.m., a 2008 Cessna 400 crashed into a retention pond embankment in the area of State Road 19 and State Road 100 in Palatka city limits. The plane was carrying a pilot, Richard S. Carrara, 73, and one passenger, Malcolm P. Clevenstine, both of Palm Coast, Florida. 

The men were wearing seatbelts, but only the pilot survived with minor injuries, said troopers.

The pilot reported the engine stalled while he was trying to gain altitude during a touch and go landing at nearby Kay Larkin airport. 

Federal Aviation Administration investigators and the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into the crash.

Officials pronounced Clevenstine dead at 10:33 p.m.

According to the Longview News-Journal, Warfab, which fabricates, installs, rebuilds and services heavy equipment for a variety of industries, has been in growth mode in the Longview area. Earlier this year, the privately held company closed on the purchase of the former Bemis plastics manufacturing plant on Jordan Valley Road to expand its operations.

The company, which is based in Hallsville, was founded in 1995, and employs about 300 people in East Texas, with a worldwide network of contractors totaling about 1,500. 

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