King Air Crashes In Texas (Updated)


A Beechcraft King Air B100 twin-engine turboprop crashed about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning while attempting to land at Pearland Regional Airport near Houston, Texas. The airplane burned on impact and was destroyed. The pilot was 39-year-old Joe Frank Lassiter III of Mountain Brook, Ala., according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The pilot had made one attempt to land and was attempting a go-around when the crash occurred, according to the FAA.

The King Air had taken off from Austin and was headed for Galveston, but diverted to Pearland due to low visibility at the destination, the FAA said. A witness told he saw the airplane near the airport but then lost track of it in fog. Nobody on the ground was hurt.