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Victim killed in Hill Country plane crash ID'd; survivor taken to hospital

John Clifton Dozier killed in Sunday afternoon crash near airport in Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas – A federal team is investigating a small plane crash near Fredericksburg that left one person dead and another injured.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials said John Clifton Dozier, 57, was killed when the 1974 Grummond Traveler plane he was in crashed just before 1 p.m. Sunday while on approach to the Gillespie County Airport, outside of Fredericksburg.

Another man inside the plane, Charles Edward Reed, 51, was critically injured and taken to University Hospital for treatment.

DPS officials did not know which of the two men was piloting the craft.

They said the plane crashed on private land near the airport runway.

A couple came home from church to find the plane crashed in their field.

They said they found the lone survivor lying on top of the plane.

"The top of the plane was gone, but behind the seats, he was laying on top of the part of the plane behind the seats," said Nelson Fluitt. "(The victim) said he was from Kerrville. They were coming into Fredericksburg and (the pilot) lost power."

A team from the Federal Aviation Administration also examined the wreckage.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected on the scene Monday.


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