Couple seriously injured in single-engine plane crash in Denton

Couple seriously injured in single-engine plane crash in Denton

12:00 AM CDT on Monday, July 19, 2010

Scott Goldstein www.dallasnews.com

A husband and wife were seriously injured when their single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Denton Airport on Sunday evening, authorities said.

The fiery crash occurred after 7 p.m. about one mile southwest of the airport and north of FM2449, said Officer Ryan Grelle, a Denton police spokesman.

The pilot reported insufficient power while trying to gain altitude heading south. The plane then took a steep, uncontrollable right turn and crashed into a field, said Trooper Lonny Haschel, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The victims were taken by helicopter to Parkland Memorial Hospital , Grelle said. They were believed to have suffered severe burns, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.

Preliminary indications are that the couple was not planning to fly far outside of the area, Lunsford said.

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