1 dead after nighttime plane crash in Johnson County


A man died Wednesday after a small plane he was piloting crashed in a Johnson County field, according to officials.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m., the Godley Fire Department responded to a fiery plane crash in the area of the 8600 block of West FM 4, a farm road east of Cleburne.

The department confirmed at about 10 p.m. that one person died and the fire was contained.

The pilot killed was identified as 18-year-old Jon Monreal of Crowley, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. There were not any passengers in the plane and no other injuries were reported.

“Preliminary investigation indicates the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed,” said Sgt. William Lockridge, a DPS spokesperson, in a Thursday morning news release.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, spokespeople for the federal agencies confirmed.

A preliminary FAA report published online states the plane — a single-engine Cessna 150L — crashed “under unknown circumstances.” Lockridge said in an email that an on-scene FAA investigator conducting a survey of the aircraft suggested the plane may have run out of fuel.

An NTSB investigator was expected to travel to the crash site and recover the aircraft, which will be taken to a secure facility for further examination, NTSB spokesperson Keith Holloway said in an email Thursday morning.

The plane was not registered to Monreal, according to an FAA database. Attempts to reach the plane’s owner were not imminently successful.