According to KRIS6, a man and his 7-year-old daughter were injured in a plane crash on Saturday morning near Austin, Texas.
Todd Put Madelyn First, Shielding her from Flames
Todd Hornbuckle, 41, and his daughter Madelyn were taking a flight from Corpus Christi to Austin to see his son run a cross country race. About a quarter mile from the airport, the plane’s engine stopped, causing it to crash.
The Piper Cherokee plane crashed to the ground and caught on fire. The Hornbuckles survived the plane crash, but Todd Hornbuckle sustained burns on more than half of his body. Madelyn Hornbuckle suffered injuries as well and is being treated at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin.
Todd Hornbuckle is currently being treated at the Brooke Army Medical Center’s burn unit in San Antonio. According to KRIS6, Todd’s father said the road to recovery is going to be long.
The family says Todd Hornbuckle took his daughter in his arms, shielding her from the flames and protecting her from burns.
According to KRIS6, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the plane crash.
Important Information About Small Plane Crashes
According to an article in LiveScience, there are hundreds of wrongful deaths of people killed in small plane accidents every year in the United States:
- In 2013, there were a total of 387 small plane accident fatalities.
- During the same year, there was an average of one fatality per 100,000 flight hours in the United States in small planes.
- There were a total of 1,297 general aviation accidents in the United States in 2013.