Emergency workers responded to scene off Texas 7 East in a wooded area across from Center Municipal Airport

UPDATED slightly after 8 p.m. Wednesday from Texas DPS:

SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded Wednesday afternoon to a report of a plane crash in Shelby County.

The preliminary information indicates at approximately 4:40 p.m., DPS Troopers along with other first responders located the crash site, just south of the Center Municipal Airport.

At this time details surrounding the cause of the crash and the identity of the occupant or occupants is not immediately available.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been notified to conduct the investigation.

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EARLIER REPORT

A plane crash in a heavily wooded area less than a mile south of Center Municipal Airport is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Agency and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The crash was reported about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday with emergency workers on the scene about 4:30 p.m.. in a heavily wooded area across Texas Hwy. 7 East from the airport.

Sgt. David Hendry, DPS public information officer, said about 6:20 p.m. that he could confirm there was a plane crash and that FFA investigators and those from the NTSB had been called to the scene.

Officials on the scene reported a Shelby County Justice of the Peace had been called to the crash scene.

Emergency workers from Center Fire Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Allegiance EMS, Center Police, Shelby County Constables and Texas Department of Public Safety were on the scene in a heavily wooded area off of Hwy 7, roughly behind Watson & Sons Funeral home and Dellinger Christmas Store.

First responders were seen heading over fences into the woods with chainsaws and emergency extraction gear.

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