Fla. pilot makes emergency landing in Fayette County Regional Airport

Plane crashes near Fayette County Regional Airport. (Fayette County Sheriff 's Office)

FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A pilot made an emergency landing just short of the runway at the Fayette County Regional Airport on Tuesday.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff Keith Korenek, the pilot of a small air craft called Austin Air Traffic Control to tell them his plane was on fire and he needed to make an emergency landing in La Grange. As the pilot tried to land the fixed wing single engine plane, he missed the runway.

Emergency responders from the sheriff’s office, Fayette County EMS, La Grange Fire Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety made their way to the airport and found the pilot and the plane in a swampy area near Old Lockhart Road. There was minimal damage to the aircraft and no one on the plane was injured from the landing.

An 81-year-old man was piloting the plane, his 71-year-old wife was also on board. They were traveling from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Fredericksburg, Texas.

The incident is under investigation by Texas State Troopers.

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