Plane Crashes Near Port Mansfield

POSTED: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:34pm

A small plane with two men on board intended to touchdown at the local airport crashed overnight. Officials say the plane didn't make it on land and went down in the Laguna Madre. After many hours of searching for the two passengers and the twin-engine airplane, officials recovered the majority of the wreckage in deep water as well as the body of one of the men on board.

Authorities began the search for those on board the plane early this morning and throughout the day, officials found parts of the landing gear and clothing but it wasn't until this afternoon they found one of the passengers.

Department of Public Safety Spokesperson, Johnny Hernandez, tells News Center 23 the men left Amarillo and were expected to land at the Port Mansfield Airport sometime last night but the coast guard received a call from the Federal Aviation Administration after midnight that the plane lost communication and radar contact.

“We did find several parts of the plane already along with clothes but we're still looking.”

Officials found part of the landing gear and wheel and part of the fuselage. Trooper Hernandez confirmed the body of 48-year-old, Robert James Robinette, of Sunray, Texas was found. The trooper also confirmed officials found the rest of the plane in the deep waters of the Laguna Madre.

The second body had not been located.

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