All six people aboard a small plane died Monday after it crashed into the rocky hills of a central Texas ranch, authorities said.
The twin-engine Beechcraft BE58 went down just before 9 a.m. local time as it prepared to land at an airport in Kerrville, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford.
The pilot and five passengers died, said Sgt. Orlando Moreno, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Their names have not been released.
A cause for the crash has not been determined. There was no rain in areas around the airport at the time of the crash, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Cory Van Pelt.
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Inspectors from the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating the crash site.
The aircraft left an airport outside Houston around 7:30 a.m. and crashed about 6 miles northwest of its final destination, Lunsford said, adding the flight was not a scheduled commercial route.
Two people owned the plane, which was manufactured by Raytheon Aircraft in 1999, according to FAA records.
The plane crashed in an area owned by a private ranch, My San Antonio reported. Robert Hurt, a former pilot who lives in the area, told the publication that the aircraft might have strayed off the flight path to look at property.
"I don't know why they were this far west," Hurt told reporters at a command post about 500 yards north of the crash site.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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