Alabama man dies in Texas plane crash

Courtesy of Bruce Leibowitz/Flickr. The Beechcraft King Air plane that crashed near Pearland Regional Airport on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

PEARLAND, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a pilot who died this week when his twin-engine plane burst into flames after crashing south of Houston was from Alabama.

The Texas Department of Public Safety tells the Austin American-Statesman 39-year-old Joe Frank Lassiter III of Mountain Brook, Ala., died Wednesday after his Beechcraft King Air plane crashed in a field near Pearland Regional Airport. Officials say he was killed instantly.

The plane was flying from Austin to Galveston’s Scholes International Airport when the pilot diverted to Pearland due to low visibility in Galveston.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman has said the pilot tried to land once in Pearland before making another pass. Witnesses told DPS officials they heard “engines rev up” just before the plane crashed.

No other injuries were reported. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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