Pilot killed in Kendall County crash identified

William Deppelt, 47, was returning home from visiting son at Missouri State University

The pilot who was killed in a plane crash off of State Highway 46 in Boerne on Sunday evening has been identified as 47-year-old William Doppelt, of Helotes.

Doppelt was flying home in his single-engine Bellanca after a family visit to see his son at Missouri State University, investigators said.

His son's cat, Amelia, was his only passenger.

Doppelt was about 40 miles out from his destination point at San Geronimo Airpark in Northwest San Antonio when his plane went down on State Highway 46 in East Boerne.

On Monday, path of debris showed where the plane went down. Trees were mangled, a telephone pole was knocked down and deep skid marks in the road showed where the plane skidded.

It finally came to rest in a wooded area where it burst into flames.

Doppelt died at the scene.

His son's cat was later found unharmed and will be reunited with the family.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash.

Doppelt leaves behind a wife and two sons. He had worked as an aerospace engineer and was employed in business development at BAE Systems.

His family said he'd been flying since he was was a teenager and it was his passion.

Although his family is heartbroken, his wife says he died doing what he loved.

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