Huntsville Pilot Killed in Small-Aircraft Accident

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Huntsville Pilot Killed in Small-Aircraft Accident

Published on July 17, 2017 by Larry Crippen

Bobby Walls, a retired Southwest Airlines pilot and resident of Huntsville, was killed in an East Texas plane crash Thursday morning around 8 a.m.. Walls and an East Texas man from Brownsboro died in the plane crash near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

According to a KLTV report, city officials from Tyler said the Piper PA-31, private twin-engine plane, went down as it was leaving the airport Thursday morning. Officials say the plane was headed to Midland.

There was an intense smell of fumes when officials arrived on scene however no flames were present and the plane was never on fire. The plane reportedly went down about a quarter-mile from the south end of the airport.

Smith County Sheriff’s Officials say the aircraft was seen going down from the control tower at the airport.

The FAA will handle the official investigation into what led to the crash. The NTSB is now investigating the crash.

Walls was well-known in Huntsville, where he was currently serving as President of the Alpha-Omega Academy Board. Head Master Paul Davidhizar spoke highly of Walls.

Bobby Walls is survived by his wife, Sonja, one son and three step-children.

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