Three Texans killed in plane crash near Hatch, NM

HATCH, NM (KTSM) - New Mexico State Police report four people, including three from El Paso, were killed in a plane crash just outside of Hatch, NM.

Around 5:30 p.m. on November 5, 2017, New Mexico State Police responded to a downed aircraft call in Dona Ana County, approximately 300 meters northwest of the Hatch airport.  

Officers located the sight of the crash and reported a fixed-wing, single engine Cessna aircraft had crashed.

All four passengers were pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator and have been identified as:

  • Anthony Deramus (57) of El Paso, TX. 
  • Christopher Howell (33) of  El Paso, TX. 
  • Kanequa Chancellor (41) of El Paso, TX. 
  • Malcolm Watkins ( 25) of Waxahachie, TX. 

Photo: Kanequa Chancellor during KTSM appearance in October

The cause of the crash is still unknown at this time. The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and will be arriving today to conduct an investigation into the cause and nature of the crash. 

KTSM has confirmed the three El Pasoans killed in the crash were all members of Destiny Christian Church in Northeast El Paso. Chancellor served as College Youth Pastor and Deramus was a Deacon at the church. Chancellor was also a former UTEP women's basketball player in the late 90's. 

Social media posts by Chancellor and Howell indicate that the group had borrowed a plane to fly Chancellor around the city and to Sparky's in Hatch for lunch as part of a birthday celebration for her. 

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