By MITCH MITCHELL, star-telegram
Four people were injured Tuesday afternoon when the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air plane they were in went down in a field near Aurora in Wise County.
The pilot reported that both engines had gone out, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The men were taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, said Sgt. Johnny Britton of the Wise County Sheriff’s Department.
Robert Schumacher, the owner of the aircraft, was in serious condition Wednesday at John Peter Smith, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Kathy Kyle, Schumacher’s daughter, said that her father had bone fractures and that doctors were still evaluating him late Tuesday.
Schumacher, 80, is part owner and former president of Texland Petroleum, an oil and gas company in Fort Worth.
Jerry Namy, Texland Petroleum president and a passenger in the aircraft, was reported in critical condition Wednesday at Texas Health Harris Methodist.
The pilot, Rod Lawrence, and another passenger, Kendal Hill, were in critical condition at JPS late Tuesday. However, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday she had no information on Lawrence and Hill.
The aircraft took off about 1:50 p.m. from Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City and was bound for Meacham Airport in Fort Worth, said Lynn Lunsford, FAA spokesman.
The pilot was in contact with air traffic controllers at about 2:40 p.m. when he reported that both engines were malfunctioning, Lunsford said. The plane came down near County Road 4227 and Currie Road in Wise County.
The nose and left wing broke off, and the fuselage was bowed in the middle, Britton said.