Small plane crashes in South Texas

October 27, 2009 4:20:28 AM PDT
ID's are pending on four people who died in the crash of a small plane in Duval County.Investigators were expected on the scene today.

The pilot reported encountering turbulence yesterday morning. The wreckage was found a couple of hours later in a brushy area on a ranch several miles northwest of Benavides.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air was flying from Uvalde to Leesburg, Fla., when it began to lose altitude.

A line of thunderstorms had moved across south Texas ahead of a cold front, dropping heavy rain.

The plane's tail number indicated that it was registered to Mazak Properties Inc. of Webster, Fla.

A call to the home of company president Paul Mazak II in Bushnell, Fla. was answered by a woman who identified herself as his wife -- then she declined comment.

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