2 Dead In North Texas Plane Crash
A flight instructor and her student are dead after the fiery crash of their twin-engine plane at a North Texas airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the Piper PA-34 went down soon after 4 p.m. Sunday while preparing to land at the municipal airport in Gainesville, about 75 miles northwest of Dallas. It crashed about 440 yards from a runway.
25-yr-old Francesca Norris of North Richland Hills was the instructor killed in yesterday’s Gainesville plane crash. Her dad tells me she was chasing her dream of being an airline pilot like him. Story at 4 & 6 on @NBCDFW https://t.co/OOhFUfssIT pic.twitter.com/hdL4T7iiBi— Vanessa Brown (@VanessaBrownTV) July 29, 2019
The Texas Department of Public Safety says Chinese student pilot 22-year-old Yu Qiu was pronounced dead at the scene. Twenty-five-year-old instructor Francesca Norris of North Richland Hills later died at a hospital.
It's unclear who was in control when the plane went down. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
The FAA has not yet released the plane's tail number.