Daughter of pilot killed in crash says father was hardworking retired U.S. Marine

Plane crashed in thick woods near elementary school


MEDINA COUNTY, Texas – Authorities have identified a pilot killed in a plane crash near the Bexar-Medina county line Sunday morning.

According to Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown, 68-year-old Carl Bray was piloting the plane when it went down around 10:45 a.m. in the wood-covered area behind Texas Research Park off State Highway 211 near Potranco Elementary School.

Brown told KSAT 12 News that the plane slammed into the woods and started a small brush fire.

Bexar County Deputies were first at the scene and had trouble reaching the crash site because of the thick brush.

Brown said Bray had departed from the Freedom Springs Ranch Airport in Bandera County. It's unclear where Bray was headed.

Bray's daughter, Shawn Todd, said her father was a hardworking private pilot who was enjoying retirement.

Bray, Todd said, had proudly served in the Marine Corps and was married to Lynn Bray. He had five daughters, two stepdaughters and a step son.

Todd said she had gone flying with her father often.

A small engine air craft has crashed outside of San Antonio in Medina County. We have confirmed one person is dead also causing a small grass fire, that has since been put out.

Posted by Sarah Acosta on Sunday, April 15, 2018

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