Identities released of 2 killed when plane traveling from Houston crashes in Marlin, Texas

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MARLIN, Texas – Authorities have released the identities of two people who were killed when a plane traveling from Houston to Central, Texas crashed Tuesday afternoon.

The victims have been identified as Thomas Sands Jr., 55, of Sugar Land, and Cinnamon Franklin, 27, of Greenwood, Indiana.

At around 12:40 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to a plane crash located in a field east of the Marlin Airport near CR 134 in Marlin, Texas. The single-engine Cessna TU206H went down about 70 yards (65 meters) from the end of the lone runway of the airport, which is located in the 500 block of FM 147, said Marlin City Manager Cedric Davis.

Sands and Franklin were pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been notified.

A Houston Executive Airport official said “everything seemed “fine” when the six-seat aircraft, which was bound for Waco Regional Airport, left Houston around 10:30 a.m.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

No other information has been released at this time.

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