VIDEO: Pilot, passenger okay after plane crashes into ClayDesta parking lot

Published: Oct. 12, 2018 at 11:21 AM CDT
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11:38 a.m. Update: According to the City of Midland, the plane had just taken off from the Midland Airpark Airport when it crashed at ClayDesta.

The pilot and passenger only suffered minor injuries and did not need to be taken to the hospital.

A viewer watched the plane parachuting to the ground from her office window around 10:30 Friday morning.

Bystanders say it flew just over the ClayDesta building before landing on top of a pick-up truck in the parking lot.

“We were looking for the explosion, and it just lowered down and set it’s nose down and fell over," Greg Hicks said.

“All of a sudden I turned around and went back in the building and it went pop," Waggoner said. "Then I go back outside and I said ‘man what was that?’ I saw all of the lights and everything going on over here.”

Hicks said it reminded him a little of 9-11.

“As if turned and banked, it leveled out and when it leveled out all we saw was the nose of it. The first thing that flashes in your mind is 9-11, right?" Hicks said. "So, we started walking toward the door and the parachute deployed. When the parachute deployed, it just picked the plane up totally vertical and just sets it down like a mama sets a baby down.”

According to, the plane took off from Midland Airpark and was heading toward Andrews, but made the crash landing after being in the air for less than 20 minutes.

The FAA will be investigating to find out what caused the crash.


11:25 a.m. Update: According to the Midland International Air & Space Port, the fixed wing small aircraft crashed into a parking lot at ClayDesta just before 11 a.m.

Two people were onboard at the time but they only suffered minor injuries.


Authorities are on the scene of a plane crash near ClayDesta Friday morning.

The crash was reported around 11 a.m.

In a separate news conference Sheriff Gary Painter stated that those inside of the plane were okay.

No other details have been released at this time.

CBS7 has a crew heading to the scene now and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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