All three people aboard a single-engine plane were killed Sunday night in a crash near San Antonio International Airport, authorities stated.
The pilot of the Piper PA-24 Cherokee attempted to perform an emergency landing, Fire Chief Charles Hood stated in a press conference aired by local station KSAT-TV, but dropped about a mile short. No commercial or residential buildings were hit, Hood stated, and firefighters reported no other injuries.
“As tragic as it is, it could’ve been much worse,” Hood stated.
Firefighters were informed of the crash near the airport at 6:26 p.m. local time. The aircraft landed near the sidewalk of a street, Hood stated, requiring officials to bar off the area during a search for far-flung debris.
The pilot had activated an alert designating he was trying to make an emergency landing because of engine trouble, Hood stated. The aircraft was flying toward Boerne, about 30 miles north of San Antonio, from Sugar Land, southwest of Houston.
The plane is registered to RTW Capital LLC of Austin, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s online records, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
The FAA said investigators were heading to the crash site on Sunday night. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation.