The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating the crash of a single engine plane in a field behind the Holly Lake Car Care car wash in Wood County on Thursday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said two people, a pilot and a passenger, were injured when an Ercoupe 415-C that is registered to Willie Herman Vawter, 88, of Hawkins, went down near the 2400 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2869.

The pilot reportedly was on final approach to the Holly Lake Ranch Airport, according to Holly Lake Ranch Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Bollinger. Emergency personnel responded to the crash of the small, blue airplane at 8:55 a.m.

First responders used the Jaws of Life to remove the occupants before they were taken to a local hospital by ambulance. The extent of injuries the pair sustained is unknown at this time.

Officials from the FAA arrived at the crash site about 3:30 p.m. and took over the investigation.

DPS said no structures were damaged.

KYTX CBS19 contributed to this report.

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I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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