A man regularly volunteered to transport patients in remote areas of the country to hospitals in Houston and Dallas, and was under the control of a twin-engine plane that crashed in Hill Country, central Texas, killing all six passengers.
Geoffrey C. Weiss, 65, was senior vice president of investments at Raymond James & Co. in Houston. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Weiss, who co-owns Beechcraft BE58, was in control when the plane crashed just before 9 a.m. as it approached Kerviel Municipal Airport, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio.
Stuart Robin Kensinger, 55, was also killed. Angela Webb Kensinger, 54; Mark Damien Syoneaux, 58; Scott Reagan Miller, 55 years old; Mark Tilpsen, 45, all from Houston, said DPS Sgt. Orlando Moreno.
The plane crashed shortly before 9 a.m. as it approached an airport in Kerville, a city about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio, according to FAA spokesperson Lyn Lonsford. State law enforcement officials secured the crash site before investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board arrived on Monday.
Lonsford said the plane took off from an airport outside Houston earlier on Monday and crashed about six miles (10 km) northwest of Kerviel Municipal Airport. He said the flight was not a scheduled trade route.
According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the shot down plane was built by Raytheon Aircraft in 1999 and was jointly owned by Weiss and Charles Morina of Dallas.
Morena said Weiss loved flying and the couple volunteered their time transporting patients from remote areas to Texas hospitals for Angel Flight.
“We’ve taken people from all over the country to Dallas and Houston” for medical treatment, he told the Associated Press.
The cause of the accident has not been determined. However, eyewitnesses heard the plane struggling to be ejected moments before it crashed.
“It was making a shimmering sound, like engines gone out,” Treva Hardman, who was working at home about a quarter of a mile from the crash site, told the San Antonio Express News. “After only a few seconds, I heard an explosion.”
Construction worker Rodney Simmons said he heard an aircraft “fighting the wind.”
“I looked up and watched it come down from the clouds,” said Simmons. “The back of the plane was very low, as if he was trying to stay in the air. It was as if he was pulling the tip of the tail of that plane. As if he had a lot of weight in his back or something.”
Simmons said the plane flew southward, then “veered to the right, with real force, just flipped, upside down, and fell to the ground.”
The family of one of the six people killed in a twin-engine plane crash in Texas Hill Country said the purpose of the flight was to clear some property.
Houston landscape architect Mark Tepsen’s family said he and co-worker Mark Schionocks were on an expedition when Houston architect Scott Reagan Miller and Houston real estate investor Stuart Kensinger and his wife Angela Kensinger and Houston investment banker Geoffrey Weiss died in a plane crash on Monday.
His friend Bob Fuller said Weiss was a philanthropist who not only transported patients to hospitals, but was also active in charities that supported children with special needs or who had suffered abuse.
Weiss helped him run a Keels and Wheels charity event in Seabrook every year to help abused children, while giving his time and money.
“You loved the guy, I’ll tell you. He was generous to a mistake. He wanted to support our charity in whatever way he could, and he was one of those if I wanted to travel to Detroit to talk to GM,” he called Fuller