58-year-old pilot killed in plane crash at Pearland Regional Airport

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Sunday, May 30, 2021
1 killed after plane crash at Pearland Regional Airport, DPS said
Several agencies are investigating after one person was killed in a plane crash at Pearland Regional Airport on Saturday afternoon.

PEARLAND, Texas (KTRK) -- Investigators are working to determine the cause of a plane crash that killed the pilot and injured a lone passenger in Pearland on Saturday afternoon.

According to authorities, a small plane coming from Alvin had landed at Pearland Regional Airport around 2:45 p.m. when it happened.

Sgt. Richard Standifer with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the landing seemed to be okay just moments before the fatal plane crash killed a pilot in Pearland on Saturday.

The single-engine PZL-104 Wilga plane was reportedly able to land on the runway before officials believe the landing gear became problematic, causing the aircraft to crash into a nearby embankment, according to Sgt. Richard Standifer with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Investigators said there was severe damage to the front of the fuselage and reported that the floorboard was almost touching the plane's instrument panel after the crash.

The pilot, identified as Marcus Granger, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 38-year-old woman, who is believed to be the pilot's wife, was able to walk away from the crash before being transported to Clear Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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