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10 Dead in Addison Airplane Crash; Cause Unknown

Updated: 8:18 AM CDT July 1, 2019

ADDISON, Texas — Ten people — eight passengers and two crew members — are dead after an airplane crashed into a hangar shortly after taking off Sunday morning at the Addison Municipal Airport, the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed.

Later this morning investigators will return to the scene at the Addison Municipal Airport where the plane crashed.

The entire plane was destroyed by fire, Federal Aviation Administration officials said. No survivors were left on board, an official with the Town of Addison said.

The type of plane is reported to be a twin-engine Beechcraft BE-350 King Air, a multimillion-dollar aircraft with high-end finishes. The plane that crashed Sunday was manufactured in 2017. The plane reportedly did not have a black box but did have electronic recording equipment that could explain what happened.

Moments after the plane slammed into the building Air Traffic Control radioed, “Everybody just standby, we had an accident on the field.”

The crash reportedly happened when the plane veered to the left, rolled over and clipped the hangar. The plane was headed to St. Petersburg, Fla., officials said. The National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday night that they can’t confirm a tail number on the plane because the plane recently changed ownership.

The NTSB also said they could not confirm if the cause of the crash was an engine failure.

Officials have confirmed that there was no one else in the hangar at the time of the crash. This crash was deadliest Texas plane crash since Sept. 12, 1991, when 14 people died in Eagle Lake on a plane headed to Houston.

At 2:31 p.m., Judge Clay Jenkins tweeted that families of those onboard the aircraft are being notified. Officials said all family members of the deceased had been notified as of Sunday night.

As of June 30 night, the investigation has been turned over to the NTSB.

The medical examiner told WFAA that there will likely not be any identification of victims until July 1.

In addition to identifying the dead, investigators will also gather more background information on those at the controls of the plane.

“We do not know the condition of the flight crew in terms of their prior experience,” explained National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg. “We don’t know if they’ve flown together or not. But that will definitely come out in the investigation. There will be a deep dive into the pilot’s background.”

It’s unclear what communication the plane had with air traffic controllers.

According to Landsberg, the exact owner of the plane hasn’t been identified since the craft was recently sold and the proper tail number isn’t known.

NTSB lead investigator Jennifer Rodi was able to confirm that the aircraft was previously owned by a charter company in Chicago. Rodi said investigators will be, “… looking into the man, the machine, and the environment. The man specifically; the flight crew onboard‚ their training, knowledge, and experience as it applies to the aircraft and the operations.”

This is a developing story. Check back for new information.

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