A DEA plane crashed during a “training mission” on Wednesday due to mechanical problems, agency officials said.
(Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office)
At least one of the Drug Enforcement Administration employee was injured Wednesday after a single-engine aircraft on a “training mission” near a Texas airport collided with two cars after hitting a power line.
A spokesperson with the DEA confirmed to Fox News that the plane, with the three agents on board, was on a “training mission when it experienced mechanical problems.” He said that the plane had to make an emergency landing on the roadway in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston, which led to the crash.
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The plane hit a power line before crashing into the vehicles.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman told Fox 26 the first study found that the pilot ” reported engine problems just before the accident.”
KTRK also reported that the aircraft was an attempt to “touch and go maneuvers” at the time of the crash near Sugar Land Regional Airport.
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The DEA spokesman said that two of the passengers are able to walk away from the crash. At least one was rushed to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The people in the two vehicles were also okay.
The downward flow lines were of influence on traffic and electricity in the area, the sheriff’s office said.
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