Air Force Academy Cadet 1 Of 2 Killed In Small Plane Crash In Texas

CLEBURNE, Texas — An U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet was one of two people killed in the crash of a small plane south of Fort Worth, Texas, this week, a military official said.

Nick Duran, a junior, died in the crash Thursday while on leave in Texas, according to Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Clark stated, “He was our brother, a friend, teammate, and classmate, and he will always be a part of USAFA.” “I am very proud of our cadets for relying on one another and honoring Nick’s life.”

Duran, 20, died of blunt force injuries, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

The wreckage of the single-engine Grumman/American Aviation AA-1A, which had been declared missing, was discovered Thursday near Cleburne, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Two persons have been confirmed killed, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The jet was found just west of Cleburne Regional Airport, according to DPS.

Cleburne is roughly 30 miles south of Fort Worth (48 kilometers).

The accident will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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