News Plane Crashes — 08 April 2017

A Jefferson County man escaped serious injury early morning when a small plane he was operating malfunctioned, causing it to crash and catch fire in a Jefferson County field.

The pilot, a 42-year-old Beaumont man, was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital following the 8:30 a.m. crash, but did not have life-threatening injuries, according to information from Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

DPS said the pilot, who owns the single-engine crop plane, noticed a drop in oil pressure shortly before the aircraft fell into an open field on McDermand Road near FM 365. After impact, the plane caught fire.

DPS and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.

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