Small plane crash in Floyd County kills two - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/21/09

Small plane crash in Floyd County kills two

By Brittany Pieper - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Authorities are trying to determine what caused a fatal plane crash near Floydada.  The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane actually crashed Thursday night, but no one found it until Saturday afternoon.

The two people in the plane, 53-year-old Rainer Aberer and 56-year-old Sharen Lee Seversen, both of Houston, died after they were ejected from the aircraft. "At approximately 9:45 on Thursday evening the 18th of June, a Cessna 182 was en route from Houston to Plainview, Texas and impacted terrain under unknown circumstances," said Jennifer Rodi with NTSB. 

Thursday night Aberer and Seversen contacted the Plainview Airport to tell the Unicom operator they might land there, but the plane carrying Aberer and Seversen never made it to Plainview. It crashed about 35 miles short just outside of Dougherty in a cotton field.

On Saturday, two days after the crash, two men found the wreckage. "I wasn't quite sure that somebody wasn't just pulling my leg, but when the deputies got out here and called me back and said yes, it's actually a plane crash, I came out here as soon as I could," said Paul Raissez, the Floyd County Sheriff. 

Sunday morning the NTSB arrived in Floyd County to investigate. "We're looking for any mechanical anomalies with either the engine or the airframe," said Rodi. However, late into their investigation they found no mechanical problems with the plane.  They will also look at pilot error and weather as possible causes. There were storms in the area Thursday night.

Investigators did find a massively fragmented air frame, plane parts scattered across the field, and the engine buried six feet into the ground. "That tells me that it was a fairly steep angle with high energy at the time of the impact," siad Rodi. The NTSB says it will take eight to ten months to complete the investigation.

Aberer founded and owned Omicron Electronics, an international company that serves the electrical power community. Trend magazine named him entrepreneur of the year in 1997, and he received several research awards. He also created the Memory Lifter and Learn Lift learning programs.

©2009 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KcbdToGo.com For Your Cell Phone
Get the latest news, weather, sports and more on your mobile phone or PDA with KCBDToGo.com.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Trump budget faces Dem opposition, GOP doubts about math

    Trump budget faces Dem opposition, GOP doubts about math

    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:08 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:08:20 GMT
    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:08 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:08:20 GMT

    Trump on Tuesday released a 10-year budget plan containing jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programs.

    Trump on Tuesday released a 10-year budget plan containing jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programs.

  • Trump vows to crackdown on leaks, chastises NATO

    Trump vows to crackdown on leaks, chastises NATO

    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:07 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:07:45 GMT
    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:07 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:07:45 GMT

    President Donald Trump will be in the heart of Europe to address a continent still reeling from his election and anxious about his support.

    President Donald Trump will be in the heart of Europe to address a continent still reeling from his election and anxious about his support.

  • Foreign meetings omitted from Sessions' security clearance

    Foreign meetings omitted from Sessions' security clearance

    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:07 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:07:35 GMT
    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:07 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:07:35 GMT
    The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel will be issuing subpoenas to get former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russian activities...
    The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel will be issuing subpoenas to get former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election.
Powered by Frankly