Murfreesboro man dies, 2 injured after plane leaves Knoxville, crashes in Texas, officials say

A small plane from McGhee Tyson Airport crashed in Texas Thursday evening, according to officials with the Federal Aviation Administration.
A small plane from McGhee Tyson Airport crashed in Texas Thursday evening, according to...
A small plane from McGhee Tyson Airport crashed in Texas Thursday evening, according to officials with the Federal Aviation Administration.(Texas Department of Public Safety - Southeast Texas Region)
Published: Sep. 2, 2022 at 12:03 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2022 at 4:14 PM CDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - One person was killed and two were injured after a plane, which departed from Knoxville, crashed between two mobile homes in Spring, TX, according to officials. The pilot died in the crash and the two passengers sustained minor injuries, according to the preliminary report from the FAA.

Christopher Jensen, of Murfreesboro, was the pilot of the plane and died at the hospital following the crash, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Richard Standifer. Standifer said there was one female and two males on board, identified as Kim Hazlewood of Livingston, TX and David Stoneking of Spring, TX. He also said all three were taken to the hospital.

Cirrus Aircraft released a statement following the crash. The company also confirmed Jensen was the pilot during the crash and that he was employed at Cirrus Aircraft. The full statement can be read below:

The Cirrus SR-22 took off from McGhee Tyson Airport with three people and crashed on the way to David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport around 5 p.m. local time, according to officials with the Federal Aviation Administration.

As the plane was trying to land, it lost power and hit a tree, according to Standifer. The FAA reported Friday the plane crashed “under unknown circumstances.”

“The good lord is good,” Standifer said. “The plane was able to come to rest in between two houses, so it didn’t encroach on any of the residences.”

Standifer said there was a parachute deployed but it was attached to the plane. He said he believed it was used to slow the descent of the plane while it was going down.

Initial reports indicated that about 75 gallons of gas leaked from the plane, according to officials with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board announced they were investigating the crash.

This is a developing story.