Victims identified in deadly Gainesville plane crash as flight instructor, student

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GAINESVILLE, Tex. (KXII) - DPS troopers have identified the two people killed in a plane crash in Cooke County Sunday as a flight instructor and student pilot from a North Texas flight school.

Troopers say the plane crashed in a hay pasture north of the Gainesville Municipal Airport.

They say one passenger, 22-year-old Yu Qiu of China, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other, 25-year-old Francesca Norris of Dallas, was taken to Parkland Hospital where she died late Sunday evening.

Norris was a certified flight instructor at US Aviation Academy in Denton, which posted about the crash on Facebook Sunday night.

"All of our hearts are heavy as we collectively mourn our student and instructor," the post reads. "Our thoughts are with their families, friends and loved ones."

An FAA spokesperson says a twin-engine Piper PA-34 crashed just after 4 p.m. while preparing to land at the airport.

According to the FAA, two people were on board when it went down about a quarter-mile east of Runway 18.

They say the aircraft burned after impact.

Troopers say the cause of the crash is unknown.

The spokesperson says the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation.

US Aviation Academy went on in its Facebook post to say they are assisting the NTSB, FAA and local authorities investigating the crash, as well as conducting their own internal investigation.