AUSTINTOWN — An Austintown pilot working for a Mahoning County-based aerial survey company was one of two people killed on Tuesday when the small plane they were flying crashed near a central airport. Texas.
New Era Technology Inc. confirmed on Friday the involvement of one of its flight crews in the fatal crash near Marlin, Texas that killed pilots Cinnamon Franklin, 27, of Austintown, and Thomas L Sands Jr., 55, of Sugar Land. , Texas, a city just southwest of Houston.
According to Franklin’s profile on the professional networking site LinkedIn, she has worked for the Boardman Company since January. Prior to that, Franklin worked for just over five years as an operations supervisor at Indy South Greenwood Airport in Greenwood, Ind.
New Era Technology Inc. in a press release said Franklin had recently moved to Austintown.
The single-engine, six-seat Cessna TU206H was en route from Houston Executive Airport to Waco Regional Airport when it crashed just before 1 p.m. near Marlin Airport, about 30 miles from its destination , the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.
The plane crashed about 70 yards from the end of the airport’s only runway, Marlin City Manager Cedric Davis said.
No cause has been determined. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
Marlin is about 110 miles south of Dallas.
KWTX 10, a Waco, Texas television station, reported that the NTSB said Franklin and Sands were in the middle of a pipeline patrol flight, meaning they were monitoring a pipeline from the air. Experts said these flights involved a lot of maneuvering and flying close to the ground, according to the station.
New Era Technology Inc. declined to comment until the investigation is complete. The company said before the accident that it had traveled millions of miles over the past 16 years without incident or accident.
The company’s website says it offers a range of services and products for aerial surveillance and pipeline leak indication for the oil and gas industry. Its headquarters are located at 755 Boardman Canfield Road, but has offices and hangars in North Carolina and Texas.