Pilot dies, passenger hurt in plane crash in San Jacinto County

Passenger suffers 2 broken legs, multiple fractures


SAN JACINTO COUNTY, Texas – A man is dead and another man is hurt after a plane crashed in Shepherd near San Jacinto County, authorities said.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday at a private air field.

The aircraft was an experimental plane built by the pilot, identified as 44-year-old Marcus Schmitt, of Shepherd.

According to a trooper, witnesses said the pilot overshot the runway and ran into a treeline. The plane started breaking apart when it hit the treeline.

Schmitt died at the scene. The other man who rode as a passenger in the plane -- identified as 35-year-old Rene Weatherford, of Houston -- was taken to the hospital via Life Flight with two broken legs and multiple fractures, authorities said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be at the site Sunday morning to begin its investigation.

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