Identities released of 2 victims killed in small plane, paraglider collision in Fort Bend County

Authorities in Fort Bend County are investigating a downed plane near the Brazos River. (KPRC)

FULSHEAR, Texas – The Medical Examiner’s Office has released the identities and causes of death of two people killed when a small plane and paraglider collided in Fort Bend County.

The pilot, Robert Gruss, 35, died of blunt force trauma.

The paraglider, 51-year-old Kenneth Tuttle, also died from blunt force trauma.

On Tuesday, a single-engine Cessna 208 traveling from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston collided midair with the paraglider at around 9:40 a.m. about 50 miles (80 km) to the southwest near Fulshear, Texas, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

A pilot is dead after a small plane struck a paraglider near the Brazos River Monday morning.

One person was on board each aircraft, the FAA said.

The paraglider landed in the yard of a home while the plane crashed nearby, close to a shooting range, according to the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable's Office.

The plane had been headed to Victoria, Texas, about 140 miles (225 km) southwest of Houston.

The FAA and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board are leading the investigating.