Plane Crashes Into Caldwell Baseball Field

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration have been to scene of Wednesday's plane crash in Caldwell and according to Police Chief Paul Lilly, that agency is now handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

Lilly says early reports indicate the plane had taken-off from an airport in Sugar Land with two men on board who were travelling to Waco.

Caldwell police are at the baseball field where the plane went down to secure the area until workers from an area salvage company arrive to remove the wreckage and clear the debris left on the field.

Wednesday evening it was a terrifying site for some young baseball players and their families when a plane crashed right before their

The small Cessna went down around 6pm on Nagle Field, a baseball field in Caldwell.

When the plane crashed on the infield, a group of 12-year-olds was practicing in the outfield.

"We were just here to play a little ball," said parent Gene Hawkins. His son Thomas was trying out for the "Colt 45s," a tournament baseball team made up of 12-year-olds.

"We were out there in left field just warming up," said Thomas.

Players and parents say they didn't hear the plane, and only noticed it seconds before it crashed.

"Reports are that they were apparently having engine problems and that they had- this is all second hand- but that they had spotted the runway and were trying to get around to it but just didn't make it," said Caldwell Police Chief Paul Lilly.

"The wing hit the light pole and kinda twisted it around and it went in on its nose," said Gene Hawkins.

The plane was less than half a mile from the Caldwell airport. Officials say airport does not have a tower, and was not in communication with the pilot

Two passengers inside the Cessna plane were taken to local hospitals, one by ambulance, another by PHI air medic helicopter. Police say their injuries are serious, but both are expected to survive.

Caldwell Police officers kept watch over the plane Wednesday evening. Police say there was no danger of a fuel leak, so the plane will remain on the field until federal investigators take a look.

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