The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was called to a plane crash Saturday in Collingsworth County, resulting in the death of two people.
At approximately 2:20 p.m., a Bellanca 7GCBC Citabria aircraft took off from the Marian Airpark (Wellington airport). According to an eyewitness, the pilot of the aircraft banked to make a turn after take-off and lost control of the aircraft. The aircraft overturned and crashed into a field just south of the airport resulting in the death of the pilot and passenger.
The pilot was identified as Claton Miller, 28, of Wellington. The passenger was identified as Danna Wilhelm, 40, of San Angelo. They were both pronounced dead on scene by Collingsworth County Justice of the Peace, Jo Rita Henard.
The weather conditions were high winds.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be conducting the investigation of the crash.
(News release from the Texas DPS in Amarillo)