SAN ANTONIO (Covering Katy News) - A plane from the Houston area crashed in San Antonio on Sunday. All three people onboard died. One of the victims was reportedly a graduate of Dulles High School.
KPRC Channel 2 is reporting that 22-year-old Eric Naranjo, of Sugar Land, was one of the three victims. He was reportedly a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a 2015 Dulles graduate.
The plane began its trip at Hooks Airport in Spring, then stopped at Sugar Land Regional Airport before heading to Boerne, Texas according to San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood.
The pilot attempted to make an emergency landing at the San Antonio International Airport after the plane's engine failed. The aircraft crashed about a mile from the airport, hitting the street near several commercial buildings. No building or people were hit. The crash scene was in the 600 block of West Rhapsody Drive.
The crash happened in a commercial area, but not far from a residential section and a major freeway.
“As you can imagine, we are very fortunate,” Hood said. “This plane could have dropped on (U.S. highway) 281. It could have dropped on an apartment complex.”
Firefighters searched a 20 block radius to see if debris fell from the plane prior to the crash but nothing was found according to Hood.
“As tragic as it is, it could have been much worse,” Hood said.
The plane is a Piper PA-24-250 fixed wing, single engine aircraft with 4 seats and one engine. It is registered to RTW Capital, LLC of Austin.
The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The names of the victims have not yet been released.