Officials say 6 people died in Texas small plane crash

DALLAS (AP) — All six people aboard a small plane died Monday when it crashed while preparing to land in central Texas, authorities said.

The twin-engine aircraft went down just before 9 a.m. as it was approaching an airport in Kerrville, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

The pilot and other five people aboard the plane were all killed, and state law enforcement officials are securing the crash site for FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators, said Sgt. Orlando Moreno, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Beechcraft BE58 took off from an airport outside Houston earlier Monday and crashed about 6 mile (10 kilometers) northwest of Kerrville Municipal Airport, the FAA spokesman said. Federal authorities had not yet confirmed its tail number as of early Monday afternoon.

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Flowers left on the statue of Cardiff City footballer Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Football Club after a plane with new signing Emiliano Sala on board went missing over the English Channel on Monday night. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flowers left on the statue of Cardiff City footballer Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Football Club after a plane with new signing Emiliano Sala on board went missing over the English Channel on Monday night. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flowers left on the statue of Cardiff City footballer Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Football Club after a plane with new signing Emiliano Sala on board went missing over the English Channel on Monday night. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
FC Nantes' staff members stand in front of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nantes' French midfielder Samuel Moutoussamy leaves the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nantes' football team Brazilian defender Fabio Da Silva leaves the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture shows a camera at the entrance of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff, on January 22, 2019 in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
French Gendarmes are in faction at the entrance of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
French gendarmes are in faction in front of the entrance of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
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