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Victims and survivors of deadly Texas plane crash identified – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Victims and survivors of deadly Texas plane crash identified – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The NTSB began its investigation into a fatal plane crash in McKinney on Friday, the same day Texas DPS identified two of the crash victims.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, preliminary information indicates that the Cessna 414 took off from McKinney National Airport and landed in an inverted position about a mile south of the airport.

The explosion hit a hillside in a concrete materials storage area.

NBC 5 has learned the pilot and two mechanics were on board when the plane crashed around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The pilot, 67-year-old Michael Lewis, was the father, grandfather and husband of former Forney Mayor Amanda Lewis.

He was also a pilot who, according to his son, volunteered to fly nearly 150 missions transporting patients to medical treatment for free.

“He was an exceptional pilot,” said Benjamin Lewis. “He is the most incredible man I have ever met.”

Lewis was also CEO of Paluxy Oil and Gas.

L-R: Michael Lewis, Gustavo Moreno and Randy Williams.

After departing McKinney National Airport, flight radar showed the plane turning to the left before crashing.

Video from a witness shows workers at the site using hoses to extinguish the flames.

Texas DPS identified Gustavo Moreno, 53, of Royse City, as the second fatality. His biography lists him as a husband and father of five.

The sole survivor, who was flown to Parkland Hospital in critical condition, was identified by family members as Randy Williams, the father of a 2-year-old son.

His family said Williams is stable, “fighting hard and already improving.”