Pilot killed in Amarillo plane crash

July 25, 2013 4:14:02 PM PDT
A federal aviation spokesman says the pilot of a small plane was killed after it crashed in a Texas Panhandle neighborhood.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says in an email that the pilot reported engine problems Thursday and was attempting to return to Tradewind Airport when the plane crashed in a yard by a mobile home.

The identity of the pilot, who Lunsford said was alone on the Piper PA-30, was not immediately released. FAA online records show the plane is registered to a Hobbs, N.M., man.

There were no reports of injuries to people on the ground.

Police say the crash happened near a highway interchange within the Amarillo city limits.

National Transportation Safety Board and FAA investigators were headed to the scene.

Further details weren't immediately available.

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