TYLER - The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary crash report on the fatal plane wreck that happened July 14.
Pastor Trevor Morris from Brownsboro was a passenger and the pilot was 52-year-old Robert Walls from Huntsville. Both were killed in the crash.
Morris was lead pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church and was a general manager for an oil services company. He traveled to Midland frequently for his job and it was where he was headed when the plane went down, according to a close friend.
The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport on July 14, around 8 a.m. Emergency crews had a hard time locating the wreckage because the plane landed in a private field.
The wreckage was finally located one mile south of Pleasant Retreat Road by officers searching the area after reports of it going down.
Tyler Police Department Spokesman Don Martin said the wreckage was difficult to locate because there was no smoke or flames coming from crash area.
"Officers went deep into the fields and eventually located the plane in a pasture," Martin said.
Pastor Morris' funeral is scheduled today at 10 a.m.
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