- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 28, 2020

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The pilot killed when the small plane he was flying crashed into a Lubbock alley Monday has been identified as an East Texas man.

Killed was Donald Eakin, 59, of Hallsville, Texas, said Lubbock Fire-Rescue Lt. Phillip Grandon.

The single-engine Cessna Centurion out of Belen, New Mexico, crashed about 4 p.m. Monday while heading toward the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The crash site was about seven miles (11 kilometers) south of the airport in a mixed residential, commercial and industrial neighborhood.

The burning wreckage slid from the alley through a fence and into a back yard, Grandon said. The occupant inside was dead at the scene, he said, adding that no surrounding structures were damaged.

The pilot’s identity was withheld and no cause for the crash has been determined. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate.

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