POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 4:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am
The pilot of a small private aircraft headed to Houston is dead after the Cessna T210N he was flying crashed.
The aircraft crashed into a citrus orchard in Edinburg. Preliminary reports indicate the 1979 Single Engine Cessna Aircraft was flying too low and clipped power lines along Monte Cristo Road before crashing to the ground and bursting into flames. But before the tragic crash, there's indication that 51-year-old, William Peisen, notified air traffic controllers he was experiencing problems with the plane.
“There was a fire that took place. There’s extensive damage to the aircraft.”
According to the plane's registered flight path, the plane took off from McAllen-Miller International Airport just before 8:00 a.m. and was scheduled to land in Sugar Land, which is near Houston, an hour later.
The body was removed from the scene shortly after the wreck. Officials say Peisen was the only person aboard. The National Transportation Safety Board is handling the investigation.