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Deadly plane crash in Porter

PORTER- A private plane crashed into the yard of a Porter residence around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, killing a husband and wife from Spicewood, a community near Austin.
It was the third plane crash in Montgomery County in as many years, and the first of two aircraft disasters in the US in one evening.

Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts, who conducted an inquest, identified the deceased as Daniel Boyd Williams, 58 and his wife, 57-year-old Rheta Lynn Williams.

The couple died when their twin-engine plane went down in a yard on Holly Street near Youpon Street in Porter, as they approached the airstrip at Williams Airport off of FM 1314, where their adult daughter awaited their arrival.

The plane veered off course for unknown reasons, clipped some Sweetgum trees, and then crashed to the ground. The right wing broke off at the engine and the left wing remained attached, with the engine breaking away from its mount. Rheta Williams was ejected, still strapped in her seat.

No one inside the home was injured.

The Porter and New Caney Fire Departments responded, along with MCHD EMS, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Less than five hour later, national news media reports a similar but larger scale tragedy occurred in a suburb of Buffalo, New York where a commuter jet crashed into a home, bursting into flames and killing 49 people which included 48 on the plane and 1 on the ground.

To watch on-scene video, click the arrow below. To see more photos and read a short history of area aircraft crashes, scroll down.

Some other local aircraft incidents :

* On April 6, 2008, a 1968 fixed-wing single-engine Cessna was landing on the airstrip at Williams Airport when the plane suddenly veered off into the grass and flip, leaving a 60 foot trail of skid marks. Fuel was spilled, but did not ignite and the pilot walked away unharmed.

* On Oct. 18, 2007, a small experimental aircraft crashed into a hayfield in West Montgomery County with three people aboard. The plane was a total loss, but the pilot and two passengers walked away.

* On Sept. 7, 2006, a small plane crash landed in a neighborhood near Lone Star Airport after the plane’s engine died about 300 feet off the ground. The pilot and a passenger were uninjured.

* On Sept. 15, 2005, a single engine Cessna occupied by a pilot and two passengers left Williams Airport in Porter and crashed into a wooded area in Liberty County killing everyone onboard. The trio was en route to a hunting club near Plum Grove.

* On June 9, 2005, a twin-engine plane crashed into a home on Jeffcoate Road in East Montgomery County, killing the pilot who was a flight instructor.

* On Dec. 7, 2004, a military training aircraft crashed into the Sam Houston National Forest, killing the pilot and a passenger.

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