Pilot’s Stunt Turns Deadly: 2 Die In Crash

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.

Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 9.54.42 PMSheriff’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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