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Officials locate downed plane in ETX; no fatalities

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Two people are now recovering after their small plane crashed Tuesday evening near Gilmer.

Upshur County Officials say a small, single engine plane went down just southeast of the Gilmer Airport.

According to DPS, Mike McClendon of Southlake and Brian Jones of Joplin, Texas were the two men on board. Both men were taken to a Tyler hospital where they're both listed in good condition.

"At this time we do not believe there is anything life threatening, but we cannot say for sure," says Upshur County Lt. Freddie Fitzgerald

"My nextdoor neighbor down the road came up and asked me if I heard a plane crashed, and I told them no," says Jason Potter, who lives just a few hundred yards from where the plane went down. 

Potter says just minutes after speaking to his neighbor, Upshur County authorities showed up searching for the plane that had reportedly gone down on the other side of a pasture that was locked off by a gate.

"I've traveled that pasture there my whole life, and I saw where there was smoke, or dust and then we got there, and the flight for life [helicopter] actually spotted the plane," Potter says.

According to Upshur County Officials, the plane didn't make it very far after its last take-off.

"The airplane took off from Gilmer Airport. Shortly after take off, the plane lost power and then went down south of the Gilmer Airport," says Fitzgerald.

The area where the plane is currently sitting is being blocked off and guarded by officials until the FAA arrives to investigate. Authorities say they'll be on scene all night Tuesday. The FAA is expected to arrive on-scene Wednesday morning.

According to FAA records, the plane is a 1971 Thorp T-18 and is co-owned by McClendon and Jones.

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