Three killed in plane crash near San Antonio International Airport

Plane left Sugar Land, headed toward Boerne

SAN ANTONIO – Three people in a small airplane were killed Sunday night when it crashed near the San Antonio International Airport.

At least 26 fire units were dispatched to the 600 block of W. Rhapsody Drive, near the San Antonio International Airport around 6:26 p.m.

The plane took off from Sugar Land, according to Fire Chief Charles Hood.

The pilot was headed to Boerne, but activated an alert that indicated he would be attempting an emergency landing at the San Antonio International Airport, Hood said.

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The plane fell short about 150 yards, crashing into the street, Hood said.

Firefighters searched a 20-block radius to make sure the engine didn’t fall into a structure while the plane was descending.

No other injuries were reported, which would not have been the case if the plane crashed onto the highway or into an apartment complex, Hood said.

“As tragic as it is, it could have been much worse,” he said.

The plane appeared to be owned by RTW Capital LLC, an Austin company, based on the aircraft’s tail number.

According to FlightAware’s registration information, the airplane is a Piper PA-24-250, a fixed-wing single engine craft with four seats.

Roads in the area were closed while authorities investigated the scene.

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