by: KXAN Staff

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The National Transportation Safety Board has now taken over the investigation of a small passenger plane crash in San Marcos from early Wednesday morning.

According to a press release from the City of San Marcos, the plane took off from the San Marcos Regional Airport around 5:54 a.m. The release states the plane lost contact with air traffic control a minute later.

The pilot was the only passenger, and was killed. Local authorities have not yet identified the victim.

The aircraft was found at 8:03 a.m. on the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center property near Maxwell Texas.

An NTSB investigator arrived at the scene Wednesday afternoon, and spoke with KXAN.

“It appears to have come down near vertical and impacted the ground,” said Craig Hatch, Air Safety Investigator. “There was no post-crash fire.”

According to the website Flight Aware, the plane was expected to fly from San Marcos to Odessa.

It would make stops in Fort Worth and Austin, before returning to San Marcos Regional Airport.

The 1999 single-engine aircraft is registered to Caroline Aviation LLC.

KXAN spoke with the plane’s owners who called what happened “tragic” and “horribly sad.”

NTSB investigators say they’re hoping to remove the wreckage on Thursday or Friday.

A preliminary report on the investigation is likely to come out in about a week.