Family Of Five Killed In Plane Crash In Edge Texas Weather Was Likely A Factor


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Family Of Five Killed In Plane Crash In Edge Texas Weather Was Likely A Factor

By Bill Goldston

December 20, 2011 - On Monday night about 10 PM a single-engine airplane, a Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six (N3590T), crashed killing all five onboard in central Texas. Authorities report severe weather had been moving through the area and may have been a factor in the plane crash. 

Among the dead are the pilot owner of the Cherokee Six, Michael Dustin Butler of Stockbridge, his wife Kelly, their 15 and 2 years old children and the pilot?s brother David Shane Butler of Mount Calm, Texas.

The Piper Cherokee Six, manufactured in 1966, was purchased and registered in March of this year. The aircraft had departed Clayton County Airport (Tara Field) in Hampton, Georgia at about 2 PM for Monroe Regional Airport, Monroe, Louisiana but was diverted to Jackson-Evers International Airport, Jackson, Mississippi. 

The aircraft then departed at 6 PM for Waco Airport, Waco, Texas with an arrival time of 10 PM. Department of Public Safety officials reported the plane made a stop in Jackson, Mississippi so the family could get something to eat then they were on their way to Waco.

The pilot had been in contact with air traffic control and was given instructions on how to avoid the rough weather about an hour before the crash. Department of Public Safety officials reported the pilot was given a route to fly around the storm by ATC but the pilot flew in the opposite direction. The aircraft crashed in a rural area near Macy Road and Manning in the town of Edge, about 10 miles west of North Zulch.

Department of Public Safety officials reported that when they arrived on scene the aircraft was broken up into pieces. The tail and the wing were not in the location of the immediate crash site. Sgt. Charles Booker of Department of Public Safety said last night, "We can't find one of the wings right now and a small portion of the tail we can't find right now, but it's a pretty horrific scene over there." One of the adult passengers was found dead about 50 yards away from the plane.

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