One dead in airplane wreck



Contributed by Travis County ESD 1
Starflight dumps a bucket of water onto a 30-acre blaze that began when a plane crashed near Singleton Bend Road on Saturday morning.

by Alexandria Randolph

One man died and 30 acres of brush burned after a plane went down just east of the Burnet County line on Saturday morning.

Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department came to the aid of North Lake Travis Rescue (Travis County ESD 1) to fight a 12-hour brush fire in Travis County along Singleton Bend Road that was caused when a single-engine, two-seater aircraft crashed in the vicinity. 

Travis County ESD 1 Chief Donnie Norman said first responders got the call on Saturday morning and did not initially realize that it was a plane crash.

“We were called on a smoke investigation at 9:30 a.m. We found one to three acres of brush burning,” Norman said, and added there was little means to access the fire and it grew to roughly five acres.

“We called for Starflight and they did water drops – we couldn’t figure out what the fuel source was,” he said.

Two hours later, firefighters discovered the downed aircraft. A 26-year-old male whose name is being withheld at this time was found dead in the aircraft.

For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.

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