MIDLOTHIAN — Two people have been taken to area hospitals following a plane crash Friday afternoon, said Capt. Jeff Marrs, with Waxahachie Fire Department.
A 1979 two-seater, fixed-wing, single-engine plane, manufactured by Bellanca, crashed about 3 p.m. less than a quarter of a mile from the terminal building, beside the main runway in the middle of the airfield at Mid-Way Regional Airport, Marrs said. Two men, a flying instructor and a student, were taken to hospitals after the crash, Marrs said.
The student, who has life-threatening injuries, was flown to a Dallas hospital by a PHI Air Medical helicopter, Marrs said.
"It was a very hard landing," Marrs said. "The plane is not completely destroyed, but I don’t believe that it is not going to be salvageable."
The instructor was taken by an ambulance to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Local responders have not released the name of the two individuals at this time.
It's unclear whether the plane was taking off or landing at the time of the crash at this time, said Amy Hollywood, the director of communications for the city of Waxahachie. The city jointly owns the airport with Midlothian.
Firefighters are expecting officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) out of Fort Worth to arrive at the airport soon. The NTSB officials will take control of the scene and do the investigation, Marrs said.
"We provided care for the injured and security hazards such as leaking fuel and any other possibilities that might arise," Marrs said. "There was one civilian that assisted with removing the occupants. I do not have a name or any information on him.
The airport was closed Friday afternoon to any air and ground traffic, Marrs said. Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) officials will also be responding to the scene, said Lynn Lunsford, the FFA Mid-States Public Affairs Manager.
"We participate in all phases of the accident investigation. By law, the NTSB is in charge of these investigations. So we will be on the NTSB team," Lunsford said. "Generally, our investigators are the first to arrive on the scene. I would be expect them to be here tonight. They won’t have anything to say here tonight. That will have to wait until the NTSB investigator arrives. I expect the NTSB to form up and really start the investigation in earnest tomorrow morning."
Responding to the scene were Waxahachie police and firefighters, Midlothian police and firefighters, and troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
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