National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorities arrived in San Antonio, Texas, Sunday to investigate an airplane crash that killed a family of four Saturday afternoon.
Initial reports say a single-engine Piper PA-24 took off from Kestrel Airpark, a residential community in Spring Branch, Texas, that includes a 3,000-foot runway, just north of San Antonio. But just after takeoff the airplane plunged into the parking lot of Strutty’s Feed Store on Highway 281 North in Spring Branch and burst into flames.
Witnesses began calling 911 to report the crash just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
All four people aboard the plane perished. Local authorities identified them as pilot Michael Scott Galloway, 38, of Spring Branch; his wife Heather Galloway, 32; and their children Clayton, 10, and Cheyenne, 8.
Comal County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Capt. Tommy Ward said that the airplane went down less than two miles from where it took off. Map show the crash site at Strutty’s Feed store is just across the street from the Kestrel Airpark subdivision and runway.
By the time sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, the airplane was “totally engulfed in flames,” Capt. Ward said. Nobody on the ground at the time was injured.
NTSB investigators said that it could take six months to a year to determine the cause of the crash, but the Board typically issues an initial report with their early findings in the days and weeks following a crash.
The investigators are analyzing the airplane’s frame and single engine and looking at any marks made by the airplane upon crashing.
“Those who knew Scott Galloway said he loved airplanes since he was a kid and at one point even traveled to Afghanistan as a contractor to work on military planes for nine months as a mechanic,” KENS 5 San Antonio reported.