WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Federal Aviation Administrations is trying to figure out what caused a small plane to crash around 9:45 a.m. Saturday.
According to DPS a call of a plane crash came in near the intersection of FM 1331 and County Road 428, about ten miles northeast of Taylor in Williamson County.
When officers arrived at the address they discovered an AC 90 twin-turboprop aircraft had crashed. A witness on scene told Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies that they heard what sounded like engine trouble before the crash.
Virginia Falk lives across the street from the field where the plane crashed.
“I heard an airplane, I could hear them humming around here because there’s quite a few of them that do that.”
But what she heard just after that sound, was unfamiliar.
“The hum of the engine went away and there was like a boom or a bang,” recalls Virginia, as she describes the noise.
That’s when Virginia says she ran outside.
“I could see this big straight stream of black smoke going straight up in the air and right away there was a ball of fire on the ground.”
DPS says the plane had departed from Georgetown Municipal Airport earlier that morning for a training exercise.
Virginia says all the training over her house is even scarier after Saturday’s crash. She’s thankful the plane didn’t hit any homes.
“It’s scary to be out here and have that (training) going on all the time,” says Virginia.
This isn’t the first deadly crash near Virginia’s house. It stirred up memories of a friend who lost his life in a crop-dusting crash ten years ago.
“He would always fly over the house too and you know, I knew that and yeah I thought of him (today).”
Virginia hopes she isn’t forced to see more police lights on her road anytime soon.
Investigators still have not released the names of the victims, or exactly how many people died in the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene working the investigation, and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive Sunday morning.