Four church leaders killed, pastor survives Texas plane crash

Cordon tape near a police investigation

Cordon tape near a police investigation

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A small plane crashed in South Texas on Tuesday, January 17, killing four members of a Tennessee church and hospitalizing the pastor, according to a report by Fox 13. The victims were identified by the Memphis-area church in which they attended. 

The Piper PA-46-350P aircraft crashed near Yoakum, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet on Tuesday. The Piper PA-46-350P aircraft is a small, single engine plane that typically has the capacity to seat one pilot and five passengers. 

Crossroads Today reports that the plane crashed amid foggy conditions around 11 a.m. within a mile of the Yoakum Municipal Airport near County Road 462 and FM 318 in Lavaca County.

Harvest Church of Germantown identified the four members killed as Bill Garner, Steve Tucker, Tyler Patterson, and Tyler Springer. Pastor Kennon Vaughan is reportedly in stable condition at a Texas hospital. 

“We ask for your prayers and kindly request that the families of all involved are given the proper space to grieve at this time,” the church said in the social media post. “We covet your prayers.”

Yoakum is 100 miles east of San Antonio. At the time of writing, the NTSB has not made any preliminary determinations about a cause for the crash. 

In December 2022, two people were injured when a small plane crashed in a North Texas neighborhood

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