John D. Scull, Carolyn Hooker Scull identified as plane crash fatalities

Two Tenaha residents were killed in a Wednesday, May 20, afternoon plane crash about a quarter-mile away from Center Municipal Airport, authorities confirmed Thursday, according to Texas DPS.

The plane crash that occurred yesterday has resulted in the deaths of two Tenaha residents,” said Sgt. David Hendry, Texas Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer., on Thursday afternoon. “The pilot is identified as 73-year-old John D. Scull, and the passenger has also been identified as 81-year-old Carolyn Hooker Scull.”

Longtime Shelby County businessman John Scull was president of Tenaha-based Scull Timber Co.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are jointly investigating the crash with the NTSB in charge.

FAA Public Information officer Lynn Lunsford said involved in the crash was a single-engine Cessna T206 which went down due to unknown circumstances. The six-seat plane was destroyed upon impact.

The aircraft went down in a heavily wooded area south of Texas Hwy. 7 East, in an area roughly behind Watson and Sons Funeral Home and Dellinger Christmas Store and west of Shelby County Road 3121.

Emergency workers were able to park in a clearing an estimated 100 yards or so from the crash scene, cross over a fence and head into the woods to the crash site with extraction equipment, chainsaws and other equipment

The Texas Department of Public Safety was among agencies which responded Wednesday afternoon to a report of a plane crash in Shelby County, according to Hendry.

The preliminary information indicates at approximately 4:40 p.m., DPS Troopers along with other first responders located the crash site, just south of the Center Municipal Airport,” he said.

Emergency workers from Center Fire Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Allegiance EMS, Center Police, Shelby County Constables and Texas Department of Public Safety were on the scene.

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UPDATED slightly after 8 p.m. Wednesday from Texas DPS:

SHELBY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded Wednesday afternoon to a report of a plane crash in Shelby County.

The preliminary information indicates at approximately 4:40 p.m., DPS Troopers along with other first responders located the crash site, just south of the Center Municipal Airport.

At this time details surrounding the cause of the crash and the identity of the occupant or occupants is not immediately available.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been notified to conduct the investigation.

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