Two Stephenville men injured in single engine plane crash Saturday



STEPHENVILLE (March 26, 2016 || UPDATED 5:15 p.m.) – Richard Abila, 40 of Stephenville, and his son Aaron, 17 a Stephenville High School student, were headed from Dallas when their red and white 1974 Grumman Lynx crashed near the Lewis Trailer facility, just a mile from the airport in Stephenville, hitting three trailers before coming to a stop.

According to DPS and Erath County officials, it appeared the plane ran out of gas and Richard Abila, who was flying the plane, coasted down in an attempt to land. Richard was ejected upon impact, but Aaron had to be extracted from the plane by first responders.

Both were transported via air ambulances to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with non life-threatening injuries. Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue, Erath County EMS, Erath County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders joined investigators from the Clark Municipal Field Airport in Stephenville and from the FAA on scene Saturday afternoon.

Officials said not much else is known at this time as the investigation is still ongoing.


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