Update: DPS identifies pilot killed in plane crash near Lake Palestine
POSTED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 9:23am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:16am
Bullard, Tx — Update: The name of the pilot who was killed is Stephen Annis. He was 51 years old and from Huntsville. His family has been notified of his death.
Update: DPS has released the name of the pilot who was killed, but has yet to notify the family, so out of respect for them, KETK will withold that information.
KETK can report that the pilot was a 51 year old white man from Huntsville.
DPS tells KETK they do know the plane did not take off from Tyler or Longview, but as of now, that is all that has been released.
Update (5:33): At least one person has been pronounced dead, according to the Smith County Department of Public Safety.
KETK interviewed Mike Schovanec, an eyewitness to the plane crash, on KETK News Live @ 5.
The video is posted above.
Update:The FAA is en route to the scene and will be tracking the route of the plane, according to the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
A partial number has been recovered for the plane, but it has not yet been released.
A fatality has not been confirmed, according to DPS Trooper Jean Dark.
A witness tells KETK he saw the plane "corkscrew" into the ground.
Update: KETK crews on the scene have confirmed a plane has crashed near Lake Palestine in the Cumberland Ridge neighborhood in Smith County.
The plane appears to be small, according to Smith County sheriff's deputies on the scene.
An ambulance is also at the scene of the crash, which is located in the 15000 block of Treasure Cove in Bullard.
Original report: A plane crash has been reported in Smith County, according to officials with the Sheriffs Department.
Details are limited at this time.
The exact location of the crash is unconfirmed, but it was reported near Lake Palestine.
We have a crew headed to the area.
Check back to KETK for more information as it comes in.