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Published On: Sun, Jan 22nd, 2017

Claton Miller, Danna Wilhelm identified as two killed in Texas plane crash

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the two people dead following a small private plane crash Saturday in Collingsworth County about a half-mile south of the Marian Airpark in Wellington.

The pilot was identified as Claton Miller, 28, of Wellington and the passenger was Danna Wilhelm, 40, of San Angelo.

About 2:20 p.m., a Bellanca 7GCBC Citabria aircraft took off from the Marian Airpark, but the the aircraft banked to make a turn after take-off when it inverted and crashed into a field south of the runway. Officials have confirmed the details revealed by eyewitnesses.

According to DPS, they were pronounced dead at scene by Collingsworth County Justice of the Peace Jo Rita Henard.

DPS Sgt. Cindy Barkley confirmed Saturday evening that DPS is securing the crash site overnight until investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrive today. NTSB will conduct the investigation.

There were high winds at the time of the crash, Barkley said.

There are some reports that have Mr. Miller’s name spelled “Clayton,” but an email from a DPS source says their document lists “Claton” as the correct spelling.

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