Pilot Dies in Weslaco Plane Crash

POSTED: Monday, July 6, 2009 - 7:54am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

Inspector Mike Garvin was one of the first FAA officials at the crash site in Weslaco.

He says from the looks of the crash the investigation will take several months to complete. The wrecked plane stay put the entire day as it waited for the Federal Aviation Administration officials to begin their investigation on the crash. Weslaco police assisted airport officials and closed off Joe Stevens Avenue soon after the plane hit the ground. Mike Garvin,who's been an inspector with the FAA, says it's to early in the investigation to know exactly what happened.

Garvin took pictures of the wreckage, inspected the outside and even went inside the single engine plane to see what may have caused it to crash. The pilot, 70 year-old Ralph Copeland, died at the scene and was the owner of the plane and piloting the plane. His passenger, 38 year-old Aaron Vories, was airlifted to Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen and doing fine.

Garvin says it's going to take several months before we know exactly what happened.

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