Last week, a pilot died in a West Texas plane crash. According to KSWO News Channel Seven, the incident happened sometime on Sunday afternoon. The pilot, 71-year-old Weldon Pat Oden of Blackwell, was flying his single-engine Kitfox, when for currently unknown reasons, the plane crashed. He took off from a private airstrip midday on Sunday.
His relatives reported him missing, when he did not come back from the flight. KSWO News did report that he may have been working on his plane prior to flying on Sunday, but there’s currently no word on what caused the crash.
The wreckage was found about seven miles west of Blackwell in Nolan County, which is about 50 miles southwest of Abilene. At this time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still trying to determine exactly what caused the crash.
Small Plane Crashes in Wichita Falls
This isn’t the only small plane crash to happen across Texas in the past few weeks. Two separate small plane wrecks happened in Wichita Falls recently. Thankfully, everybody survived the crashes in each case. Last week, a small plane went down in a field off of Archer City Highway. The wreck happened at about 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Thankfully, both occupants in the plane were able to walk away from the scene. Officials from the FAA are investigating this incident as well.
The Monday before that crash, a pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings at the Wichita Valley airport, when he lost control of his aircraft. He had to crash land in a nearby field. The pilot was also able to walk away from the scene of the crash. There’s currently no word on what caused the pilot to lose control of the plane.
After an Aviation Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a private or commercial airplane accident, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group for experienced representation. Both Bill and Brad Altman are licensed pilots and have years of flying experience. We have the resources and knowledge to handle the complexities of aviation accident cases.
The top priority in any aviation crash case is to accurately determine and understand the cause or causes of the crash, so it’s important to have an experienced aviation accident lawyer on your side. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Weldon Pat Oden.