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Small Plane Crash in Fort Bend Leaves Pilot Dead, Passenger Injured

February 2, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

Small AirplaneOn February 1, a small plane crashed at an air strip in Fort Bend. The accident set the plane on fire, killing the pilot and leaving the passenger seriously injured.

Johnny Michael Johnson, 68, a flight instructor with a Houston Light Sport Aviation, was identified as the pilot of the small aircraft. He was dead at the scene of the accident. The passenger was 20-year-old Nezabian Derrale Thomas. He was transported to Memorial Hermann in Houston and remained in critical condition.

The plane was a P92 Echo Super and was registered to the Arcola-based flight school for which Johnson worked. The fixed wing single-engine plane crashed at around 10:20 a.m. when it collided with a stationary aircraft. Original reports claimed that the plane caught fire while a mechanic was performing work on it, but other reports changed the story.

Johnson had previously been a flight instructor with the Marine Military Academy, as well as a member of the Coast Guard auxiliaries and the Air Force.

The investigation into the crash is being led by the National Transportation Safety Board.