Pilot dies in plane crash; 2 passengers flown to local hospitals

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Fatal Crash

FATAL CRASH – The pilot of a single-engine Cessna 172 died after crashing into a field in Rhome. Three other passengers were transported to area hospitals. Messenger photo by Austin Jackson

The pilot of a single-engine Cessna 172 died after crashing into a field in Rhome Thursday night, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel.

Three other passengers suffered unknown injuries.

The pilot was identified as Curtis Moore, 63, of Rhome.

An adult male passenger, identified as Brentley Smith, 35, of Azle, was flown by medical helicopter to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. A juvenile passenger was flown to Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. Another juvenile was taken to Cook’s by ground ambulance.

Haschel said the FAA will be conducting an investigation into the crash.

Mallory Schuring, who lives on County Road 4421 near the crash site, said she did not witness the crash, but heard medical helicopters flying overhead around 8 p.m.

“I haven’t ever heard or seen anything like this,” Schuring said.

Lynn Lunsford, mid-states public affairs manager with the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane took off from Rhome Meadows Airport and crashed shortly after. He added FAA investigators were on their way to the crash site Friday morning, and the National Transportation Safety Board was notified.

NTSB will lead the investigation.

Austin Jackson contributed to this report.

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