No Survivors In Duval County Plane Crash

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  1. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009

    CORPUS CHRISTI - A plane crash Monday in Duval County killed all four people onboard.
    Authorities say weather is most likely to blame, but have yet to release the names of all those onboard or determine the official cause.
    However, 6 News has confirmed that the owner and pilot of the plane, Paul Mazak of Webster, Florida, is among the dead.

    The flight took off from Uvalde late this morning. According to the FAA, around 11:40am the plane began veering off course, so a control center in Houston asked Mazak if everything was ok.
    Mazak said he was having a hard time maintaining altitude because of the turbulence.
    The flight disappeared from radar a few minutes later, but failed to indicate the precise crash site.
    And because it is such a remote area, no one reported seeing or hearing any plane going down.
    It was around 1pm that searchers finally discovered the wreckage along FM 339, a few miles north of Benavides.
    Paul Mazak was an avid hunter, and it was hunting that brought him to Uvalde this week.

    His family was surprised he even chose to fly today, saying he was not a pilot that took risks and more often than not would delay a flight that was threatened by bad weather.
    On this day though, his twin engine turbo prop took off from Uvalde for Florida.
    It would land about 150 miles away on private ranchland, and was finally discovered by a DPS helicopter a few hours later.
    Justice of the Peace Jose Canales, who arrived to declare the four victims dead, said there was hardly anything left.
    "There's really nothing to see," he said, "because the plane was on fire there, and there are skeletons there."
    Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez said the crash site was fairly small and circular, leading him to believe that the plane had dropped almost straight down, as opposed to making a more horizontal landing, where the skid marks and damage to the terrain would be more widespread.
    According to FAA records, Mazak was an instrument rated pilot, meaning he had gone through extra training to deal with cloudy conditions or inclement weather, but this week's front proved to be too much for even someone with his experience

  2. dbgun

    dbgun TGT Addict

    Mar 17, 2008
    Houston, TX.
    Very sad news. Their families will be in my prayers.

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