GRANITE SHOALS – The crash of an experimental aircraft March 24 claimed the life of the pilot and sent a teen passenger to the hospital after the plane plummeted into a front yard.
Resident Brian Brookins said he “started screaming, ‘Call 911!’” as the crash unfolded about 6:30 p.m.
“I was in the backyard. I saw the plane coming at an angle toward the house. I heard the engine sputter,” said Brookins, who lives in the 200 block of North Shorewood Drive. “I heard the plane hit and that was it; like the branches breaking. “
A volunteer emergency worker at the scene said the pilot was a man, possibly in his 60s.
An 18-year-old male, the sole passenger, was airlifted to University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, said police Capt. Clint Low.
“We had a call a little after 6:30 (p.m.) that a plane had crashed," Low said. "Witnesses said it sputtered prior to landing. It came down between two houses. It was a homemade plane. We believe it took off from an airstrip in Sunrise Beach.”
Authorities closed off an area around the property at the intersection of Sweetbriar Street and North Shorewood out of concerns about a possible fuel spill caused by the crash.
Release of the victims’ names is pending notification of relatives.
Investigators say the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are expected to investigate the crash.