Pilot, passenger identified in Lake Palestine crash

Pilot, passenger identified in Lake Palestine crash
Texas Game Warden

POSTED: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 10:06am

UPDATED: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 2:34pm

A pilot and passenger were taken to a local hospital after their plane crashed into Lake Palestine, Friday afternoon.

According to Smith County DPS, the aircraft wrecked after taking off from the Berryville Airstrip. EMS and fire officials were quickly on scene. Texas Parks and Wildlife officials were able to mark where the plane went down.

"We will use the side scan sonar, which actually scans the bottom of the lake, in an attempt to find the plane and mark it," said Texas Game Warden Quint Balkcom.

Authorities identified the pilot as Gary Buster, 56, of Frankston, and the passenger as Aaron Buster, 25. They were rescued by boaters on the lake, according to Balkcom.

The plane is a Zenith Zodiak CH-601.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will begin investigating the crash.

Both the pilot and passenger were taken by ambulance to a Tyler hospital. As of 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Gary Buster was reported in fair condition and Aaron Buser in good condition.


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Talk about being lucky !!!

The plane identified in the photo as "before it crashed" is not a Cessna 310 as identified in the release as being the type of plane that crashed!

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