Lafayette and Natchitoches couples killed in single-engine airplane crash in Texas

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HILLTOP LAKES, Texas (AP) — Four people from Louisiana were killed when their single-engine airplane crashed in a Texas pasture while attempting an emergency landing, authorities said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed with Lafayette-based Nexstar station KLFY, the identities of the four people who were killed.

Sgt. Erik Burse identified the deceased as: 59-year-old Kenneth Hix and 59-year-old Missy Lynn Hix of Lafayette and 59-year-old Phillip Ackal and 58-year-old Pauline Ackal of Natchitoches.

There were no survivors, Burse said.

The crash happened Sunday morning near the airport in Hilltop Lakes, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) northwest of Houston.

Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis told The Eagle Newspaper that the plane was attempting to make an emergency landing and was in radio contact with the Federal Aviation Administration at the time of the crash.

The plane had taken off from Horseshoe Bay Resort, west of Austin, and was headed to Natchitoches, Louisiana, according to flight records. The plane was registered to a corporation in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday it was investigating the crash.

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