Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - A Houston businessman and his wife died when their small plane crashed in a cotton field in Floyd County, near Floydada.
The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the victims as the pilot, 53-year-old Rainer Aberer and 56-year-old Sharen Lee Severson.
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.
The wreckage of the Cessna 182 was discovered by two men. "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.
National Transportation Safety Board official Jennifer Rodi said the plane crashed Thursday night while en route to Plainview.
Thursday night, during thunderstorms, 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.
The cause of the crash is still unknown.
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