NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal Tyler plane crash

TYLER, TX - The National Transportation Safety Board has released their preliminary report regarding a fatal plane crash that occurred in Tyler, on Thursday, July 13., 2017.

The report can be read in full below:

On July 13, 2017, about 0810 central daylight time, a Piper Cheyenne, PA-31T airplane, N47GW, impacted terrain near Tyler, Texas. 

The airline transport rated pilot and sole passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by T-210 Holdings, LLC, Dover, Delaware under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business fight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and the airplane was an instrument flight plan. The cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident, and was en route to Midland, Texas.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after departure, the airplane descended into terrain.

The on-site examination of the wreckage revealed the airplane impacted an open field surrounded by trees.

The wreckage was located on the edge of a small pond about one-half mile from the end of runway 17. There was not a post-crash fire; however, fuel was found at the site.

After the initial on-site documentation of the wreckage, the airplane was recovered to a secure facility, for further examination.

According to friends and family, the pilot of the plane was retired Southwest Airlines pilot, Bobby Walls, 62, of Huntsville. According to his Facebook page, he worked for the airline for 23 years. Walls is a 1977 graduate of Baylor University.

The passenger in the plane crash has been identified as 39-year-old Trevor Morris, Pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro. The other victim has not been formally identified at this time.

Morris was the lead Pastor at the church, having previously served as a missionary in Ecuador. He was also a husband and father of five. Morris' LinkedIn page also says he is the General Manager at Burton Oil Service Operations in Tyler.

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