March 10, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
Two individuals, James Estol Hathcock and Aaron T. Taylor, were killed after a small plane accident in Abilene, Texas. According to reports, the single-engine, Vans RV6, experimental aircraft left Elmdale Airpark when it crashed at roughly 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
Hathcock, who flew from Jefferson Landing to Abilene on February 27, was picking up Taylor to travel to Las Vegas when they crashed shortly after they took off. The National Transportation Safety Board is handling the investigation, but it appears the small plane stalled and then dropped. The Department of Public Safety claims that the plane took off and then banked to the west when it eventually went down near the end of the roadway.
According to witnesses, the plane exploded on impact. The NTSB is taking pictures and documenting the scene and surrounding area to make sure everything is carefully preserved in their investigation. They also plan to try and recreate the flight electronically using GPS, weather sensors, and radar from the plane. They will also complete a thorough review of all parts, including mechanical and internal aspects, to help determine a cause for the accident.
The investigation should take a week and a half to complete.
Hathcock held a Federal Aviation Administration airline transport pilot certificate, as well as an FAA second class medical certificate.