The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says two men died in a plane crash as they were apparently performing stunts above the Trinity River in Liberty, Texas.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that the pilot Patrick Joseph Falterman, 26, Cleveland, Texas, and his friend, Zach Esters, 25, who was visiting from Louisiana, died after the plane went nose-down into Trinity River in Liberty County at about about 6:50 p.m..
The sheriff’s office says witnesses saw the plane flying low over the river, and that the pilot appeared to be attempting stunts. Witnesses said the pilot attempted a backward loop, the engine stalled at the peak of the loop maneuver causing the aircraft to roll over and crash.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene and found the plane 8 to 10 feet deep in the water.
Liberty County officials say there were about 50 witnesses to the crash, including the family of the pilot.
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