A small plane has crashed in west Plano, reportedly killing its pilot.
The plane went down around 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the parking lot of a shopping strip off of Plano Parkway and Midway Road. It landed right in front of Mama’s Daughter’s Diner and Nail Addiction at 6509 W. Park Blvd. Videos from the scene show firefighters putting out the flames coming from the plane.
A plane just crashed in Plano near Midway and Plano Parkway pic.twitter.com/aF7sJOM7Of
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“It was just flames everywhere, it was really bad,” Austin Selkin told Fox 4 KDFW.
CBS News Texas reported that the Plano Fire Department said the plane hit one parked vehicle when it crashed. However, multiple vehicles in the parking lot ended up on fire, the Plano Police Department said, per CBS.
Conversely, WFAA reported that the Plano Police Department said the plane did not hit any vehicles and that only one nearby vehicle had caught fire.
Either way, the vehicle that bore the brunt of the damage was not occupied, authorities said.
The aircraft was a single-engine Mooney M20, according to WFAA, which reported that the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the plane was carrying only a pilot. The pilot died in the crash, per the outlet.
No other injuries have been reported.
The crash site is about a half mile from the single-runway Air Park-Dallas Airport. This was where the plane departed from, per WFAA.
It is unclear what led to the crash, but witnesses reportedly told WFAA that the aircraft took a sharp nosedive.