Four dead in plane crash near Navasota airport
11:20 p.m. UPDATE: The Grimes County Sheriff's Office released the names of the four people killed, ranging from 7 to 67 years old:
Pilot - Russell Reina, 67, Montgomery
Co-Pilot - Amjad Sultan, 53, Houston
Passenger - Jessicka Argueta, 11
Passenger - Erika Ayala Argueta, 7
4:25 p.m. UPDATE: The FAA has confirmed it was a single-engine Cirrus SR-20 plane which was discovered about 9:20 a.m. a half-mile southeast of Navasota Municipal Airport Sunday morning.
The wreckage was originally spotted by another plane flying in the traffic pattern at the Navasota airport.
The plane originally departed from David Wayne Hooks Airport in Houston at 8:17 a.m. local time.
The tail number of the plane is N477TC and it was registered to Air Akhtar Heating & Air Conditioning LLC in Houston.
Four people are dead after a plane crash near the Navasota Municipal Airport, according to law enforcement.
Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell told News 3 the four-seater aircraft is about a mile south of the airport in a wooded area. Two adults and two children are the victims.
In clarifying a timeframe for the crash, Sowell says the crashed plane was spotted shortly before 10:00 a.m. Sunday, but it is unclear when it went down, and that it's possible it crashed late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
ATVs are being used to get to the crash site. Sowell says a CHI helicopter assisted in locating the aircraft. Numerous agencies are working together at the scene, including the Grimes County Sheriff's Office and DPS. The FAA arrived on scene Sunday afternoon as well.
As of 11:30 a.m., crews were working to remove the bodies from the aircraft.
Navasota's airport is located off Highway 105 on the west side of the city.
No other information on the crash has been made available at this time.
According to KBTX's Pinpoint Forecast Team, in the late night and early morning hours, winds were sustained around 15 miles per hour, gusting to 20-25 from the south.
According to the latest statistics from AirNav.com, Navasota Municipal Airport averages 86 aircraft operations per week, with two-thirds of them being local general aviation, and rest being transient. Thirty-two aircraft are based at the field, all of them single engine, according to the latest numbers from AirNav.com.