Not long before the plane went down, he had contacted authorities to report he was having engine and oil trouble.
"From what I understand, he contacted FAA and they contacted us, saying we believe we have a plane down somewhere," said DPS Trooper David Harris.
There were also calls from people about a noise and smoke in the area, which led rescuers to the crash site. It turned into a recovery mission.
The plane was registered to an owner in Conroe. It went down in a rolling pasture, into a shallow stock pond and burst into flames shortly after impact.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
NTSB is investigating today’s accident in Huntsville, TX. involving a Cessna 421.— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) April 25, 2017
The name of the pilot has not yet been released.
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