Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Homepage

November 18, 2012

Cherokee County crash takes life of Jacksonville woman, a pilot

The FAA is investigating the death of this pilot, believed to be flying alone

JACKSONVILLE — A 60-year-old Jacksonville woman  recently honored by the Cherokee County Pilots Association  for her first solo flight was killed Sunday afternoon when the single-engine airplane she was piloting crashed at the local airport, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration has begun a preliminary investigation into the death of Debra Sue Birch, confirmed Trooper Jean Dark, public information officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Authorities say Birch  was flying a fixed wing Jabiru light aircraft when the incident took place shortly after 4 p.m.

Dark said Sunday she was not at liberty to release further details about the crash or speculate as to its cause.

"That's all the information I can release right now," she said Sunday night.

  Birch had just been congratulated  by the Cherokee County Pilots Association on their Facebook page for her inaugural, Nov. 7,  flight. She was shown on that page standing by a single-engine plane.



 

1
Text Only

LOCAL NEWS
LOCAL SPORTS
LIVING
LOCAL MAGAZINE
LOCAL OBITUARIES

AP VIDEO
UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Shark Sightings a Big Catch for Cape Tourism Native American Teens Get Taste of College Legendary Actor James Garner Dies Ukraine Rebels: Black Boxes Will Be Returned Recording May Show Attempt at Crash Cover-up