Weather believed to be a factor on flight from Houston
Investigators will examine the charred wreckage of a twin-engine plane that crashed in an East Texas field while flying from Houston to Oklahoma.
The Federal Aviation Administration says nobody on board apparently survived. Pilot John Steeper was from Oklahoma.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said Tuesday that the wreckage is badly burned and officials aren't sure how many people the Cessna 421 carried.
Searchers located the wreckage Monday night near Wells, about 140 miles northeast of Houston.
KTRH television partner KPRC Local 2 spoke with West Houston Airport Director Woody Lesikar, who said security cameras showed the 64-year-old pilot, John Thomas Steeper, checking in and doing pre-flight checks before taking off.
The FAA says the plane was en route from West Houston Airport to Tulsa Riverside Airport when controllers lost contact with the aircraft around 9:30 p.m. Monday. Officials believe the pilot was trying to avoid bad weather near Cherokee County when the plane went off radar.
Further details on the plane's owner were not immediately available.