BY JOE HYDE
MERTZON, TX — On Sunday morning, a Piper PA-28, potentially a Cherokee or Archer II single-engine piston aircraft, crashed in the vicinity of Mertzon. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has confirmed the occurrence of the crash, though detailed information from official sources remained scarce as of Sunday evening.
Reliable sources indicated that the incident transpired before 11 a.m. along County Road 411 in Irion County and that there were as many as three fatalities. Our inquiries into emergency service responses to an airplane crash in the area yielded no results. Additionally, a review of arrival and departure logs from San Angelo Mathis Field, Midland Air Park, Midland Space Port, Reagan County, and Big Spring’s airport provided no indication of a Piper PA-28 mishap. Typically, in such events, the aircraft’s flight path track terminates at the crash site.
With the NTSB now leading the investigation, further details are expected to emerge. We are committed to providing updates as soon as new information is released.
The Piper PA-28 Cherokee series, known for its four-seat configuration including the pilot, typically features a 180 hp Lycoming engine. However, variations in this series have seen engine sizes ranging from as low as 140 hp to as high as 300 hp.
Earlier this year, a foreign jet fighter-type aircraft crashed on the Rocker B Ranch north of Barnhart. No official local sources would confirm that crash, either.