Three die when small plane crashes near Waco

/ Source: The Associated Press

A twin-engine Cessna crashed in a field within a mile of Waco’s airport, killing all three people aboard, authorities said.

The crash Sunday was reported shortly after 7 p.m. CST. Assistant Chief R.G. Wilson of the Waco Fire Department said rescue workers arrived to find the wreckage on fire in a plowed field.

“There were three souls on board and we have three victims,” Wilson said late Sunday. The bodies were not immediately identified.

Frank McKinney, a spokesman with the Department of Public Safety, said the twin-engine Cessna 310 crashed in a field a half mile north of Waco Regional Airport. He said the plane had filed a flight plan from Natchez, Miss., to Waco.

The wreckage was concentrated in one area. “It didn’t scatter out over a long distance; it was all pretty much just right there in one spot,” Wilson said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.