CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have arrived in Cherokee County to examine the wreckage from a fatal plane crash.
Texas Department of Public Safety officials said it appeared the plane struck the guy-wires for a television tower in the Ponta area, east of Jacksonville, and crashed around 3 p.m. Monday.
Keith Michael McElvain, 76, of Jacksonville, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to DPS, authorities responded to the reported plane crash in a field off CR 4303. The investigator’s preliminary report indicated that McElvain had taken off from the Cherokee County Airport just a few hours before the crash.