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FAA officials say plane's engine 'quit' just before crash

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WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

A single-engine plane crashed in East Texas late Wednesday morning.

Officials with the Department of Public Safety say a single-engine Beechcraft aircraft suffered engine problems during its flight from the Wood County Airport in Mineola to the Gilmer Airport.

Investigating officers on the scene say the plane began to experience engine trouble, prompting the pilot to circle back towards the airport at Holly Lake Ranch. The plane lost altitude and struck several trees before coming to rest on its canopy.

Officials with the FAA say the engine in the plane just "quit", prompting the aircraft to crash on a bank and strike a group of trees, before landing upside down.

The plane crashed in a wooded area on Blue Sky Lane, off of CR 3590, just outside of the Holly Lake Ranch airport.

The pilot was pulled from the aircraft by Holly Lake Firefighters and EMS personnel.

He was taken to Longview Regional Medical Center; the extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

The plane is registered to a Lindale man, but officials on the scene say the pilot is from Gilmer.

The Federal Aviation Administration has taken over the investigation.

Stay tuned to KLTV.com for the latest in this developing story.

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