Small Plane Crash Lands, Bursts Into Flames In Killeen; Pilot Dead

In an unfortunate incident, a pilot lost his life after a small plane crash-landed and burst into flames near Killeen airport in Central Texas.

The single-engine aircraft left the New Braunfels Regional Airport earlier on July 4 and was on the way to Skylark Field Airport in Killeen when it crashed.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said that the deceased was identified as Bradley Guy Marzari, 60, of Belton. The Federal Aviation Administration said Marzari was the only person aboard at the time of the crash.

Texas DPS Sgt. Bryan Washko, in identical remarks, said that the pilot was the only person aboard the plane when it went down in a field near East Trimmier Road and Stagecoach Road at about 5.23 p.m. Sunday.

The plane was fully engulfed in flames, Sgt. Washko said. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash was unknown. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board said they will investigate the incident.