JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has tweeted pictures of a salvage crew recovering a plane that crashed into BA Steinhagen Lake early Tuesday morning.
On Thursday, two companies joined forces to pull the wreck of a crashed private plane out of Jasper County's B.A. Steinhagen Lake. Once the plane is dismantled, the parts will be sent to the FAA for the agency's investigation into what caused the crash.
Four people managed to swim to shore after the plane, a BE-36 Beechcraft Bonanza, crashed into the lake early Tuesday morning.
Randy Wilgus with Dick and Sons Diving Service out of Anacoco, Louisiana said his company and Lancaster-based Lone Star Retrieval retrieved the plane's wreckage from the lake Thursday morning.
Tristan Dorien, Benjamin Griffin, William O'Neal, and Erica Gore were on their way to New Orleans. Around 2:19 a.m., authorities received calls about a distressed aircraft over B.A. Steinhagen Lake, west of Jasper.
After landing in Woodville, the BE-36 Beechcraft Bonanza was not able to refuel and was attempting to reach the Jasper County Airport when it ran out of fuel over the lake, according to Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman.
The plane, carrying a pilot and three passengers, impacted the water somewhere near the eastern shore near Martin Dies Jr, State Park, along U.S. Highway 190.
"I remember seeing the lake in the moonlight which was a saving grace at that point," said Tristan Dorien, the pilot. "We came in belly-up and the aircraft stayed in one piece which was great."
Dorien said he injured his head while opening the plane for his passengers to escape. The group used their camera equipment to stay afloat, before swimming to shore.
On Thursday, Gore, a 20-year-old Huntsville, Alabama confirmed via social media that she is an international Playboy model.
"I'm a lot better now that I'm back home in L.A." Gore said. "We definitely weren't expecting that to happen!"
According to an article that appeared on the "Huntsville Times" Web site, Gore was featured as Miss March in the magazine's South Africa edition.