Twin-engine airplane crashes in Ferris; pilot walks away

Andrew Branca |
The pilot sustained minor injuries in an airplane crash Thursday afternoon in a field near the 100 block of Cochise Drive in Ferris.


A pilot safely executed an emergency landing in a muddy field after losing power somewhere over Ferris Thursday afternoon.

The crash, which he walked away from, occurred at about 11 a.m. near the 100 block of Cochise Drive.

A Federal Aviation Administration statement says the pilot of the Beechcraft B-60 was alone and suffered minor injuries in the crash. FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the pilot reported both engines lost power on a flight from Addison Airport to Mexia.

Resident Karina Montelongo heard the sound of the crash while she was inside her home adjacent to the crash site.

“I heard a sound similar to when a garbage truck moves the containers except the difference is that it was louder. It kind of shook a little bit, enough to where it woke up the little one,” Montelongo said. “We went out and looked and saw the plane out there nearly in our backyard. The good thing is that he was OK and nobody was hurt.”

Montelongo stated she noticed first responders having a difficult time getting emergency vehicles to the crash site due to its muddy conditions. She then allowed emergency personnel to use the family's four-wheelers.

On scene, the nose of the Beechcraft B-60 appeared to have been torn off and the left engine could be seen in several large pieces.

According to the Global Air website, the Beechcraft B-60 Duke is a twin-engine fixed-wing aircraft with retractable tricycle landing gear and a pressurized cabin. The plane has a range of 790-850 nautical miles with a service ceiling of 30,000 feet.

The FAA website states that the plane — first manufactured in 1982 — had a current certification through June 30, 2019, stated an Associated Press report. It shows the owner of the plane as Mike and Mayo Partners LP out of Dallas.

The crash remains under investigation by the FAA.