The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of a small plane died when the aircraft crashed about 20 miles east of San Antonio in Guadalupe County.
The pilot was identified Friday morning as 74-year-old Peter Dankelman.
According to the FAA, the single-engine Experimental RV-7A aircraft went down about 9 p.m. Thursday.
Dankelman was reportedly attempting to land at Zuehl Airport, a private airstrip about four miles south of Marion, Tex.
The FAA stated the pilot was not in contact with air traffic controllers at the time of the crash.
State and local law enforcement officials confirmed the aircraft was destroyed by fire and the sole occupant was killed.
The FAA stated investigators are expected to be on scene Friday morning.