HOUSTON – Six people were aboard a small airplane traveling from Houston to Kerrville on Monday when it crashed into a rocky patch of land just miles from its destination.
All six people were killed.
Authorities identified the victims as:
- Jeffrey Carl Weiss, 65, of Houston (pilot)
- Stuart Roben Kensinger, 55, of Houston
- Angela Webb Kensinger, 54, of Houston
- Mark Damien Scioneaux, 58, of Houston
- Scott Reagan Miller, 55, of Houston
- Marc Tellepsen, 45, of Houston
As the investigation into the crash begins, stories are being shared about the victims. Here’s what we’ve learned about them.
Pilot Jeffrey Weiss has several planes, three of which are kept at West Houston Airport, including the twin-engine Beechcraft BE58 plane that crashed Monday, according to the airport manager.
The manager said Weiss has flown for about 15 years and averaged about 40 hours of flight time a month, which equates to about 500 hours a year.
Weiss was well-known for his giving nature, the manager said. A majority of Weiss' flights were charitable acts -- such as picking up kids and people with medical issues and helping veterans travel. He also took part in a program to pick up stranded pilots.
The manager said he heard Weiss on the radio about 7:30 a.m. Monday 7:30 a.m. saying he was turning right and heading west.
Stuart and Angela Kensinger
Angela Kensinger was the women’s lacrosse coach at St. John’s High School in River Oaks, and her husband Stuart Roben Kensinger was in real estate.
People who knew the couple said they were going to look at property they owned in the area and were preparing to make renovations.
“There’s going to be a lot of heartache over the loss of these two,” said Meg Rice, a longtime neighbor of the Kensingers.
Mark Damien Scioneaux was the husband of Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch, and was a landscaping architect at Tellepsen Landscaping Services for the past 11 years, according to LinkedIn.
Welch told KPRC2, "Mark was a deeply loved man. He was generous and creative and will be missed. He was a landscape architect who won many awards and was deeply embedded in the community. Houston was his home and he loved this city."
A funeral service is planned for Saturday at 1 p.m. and will be open to family and friends.
The Houston Ballet sent KPRC2 a statement that read, "Words cannot express the sadness our Houston Ballet family feels over the sudden loss of Mark Scioneaux and the other 5 lives lost in the tragic plane accident yesterday. We will dearly miss Mark, the loving husband of our artistic director, Stanton Welch AM. He was a true friend to each of us in our tight-knit ballet family. He exuded a genuine warmth, with kindness and big heart that defined him. Simply put, everyone loved Mark. And, we will work to keep his memory, his love and his kind spirit alive."
According to LinkedIn, Marc Tellepsen also worked at Tellepsen Landscaping Services. He was listed as the operational manager. A photo of Tellepsen is not yet available for publication.
Scott Reagan Miller had been an architect in Houston for more than 20 years.
Members of Covenant Church Houston gathered to remember Miller on Tuesday.
Rev. Laura Mayo said Miller attended the church for 13 years and was a very active member.
Mayo said the congregation has about 200 members and Miller was an iatrical part and knew everyone.