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Pilot killed in plane crash

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WELLS, TX – It fell off the radar, then fell from the sky. Now the FAA is trying to figure out exactly why a plane crashed in Wells, Texas killing the pilot on impact.

We’re told 64-year-old John Thomas Steeper took off from the West Houston Airport and was headed for Tulsa in a twin-engine Cessna 421. The FAA says air traffic controllers lost contact with Steeper’s plane around 9:30 as he was trying to avoid some nasty weather. That’s when Steeper dropped off the radar.

Early Tuesday morning local search and rescue crews found the little bit of what was left of Steeper’s plane, on fire in a field.

We all wish for safe travels over the holidays. It’s sad to see this trip home didn’t turn out that way.