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2 dead after single-engine plane crash in Karnes County, launching federal investigation

The victims were identified as a 32-year-old Texas pilot and a male minor.

SAN ANTONIO — Federal transportation officials are investigating a Monday plane crash about 50 miles southeast of San Antonio that killed both people onboard, including the pilot, according to Texas Highway Patrol. 

The pilot was identified as 32-year-old Carin Kopecki, a native of Hobson in Karnes County. The passenger was identified only as "a male minor." 

The two were aboard a single-engine Cessna aircraft that was making its way to Kenedy Airport when it crashed while nearing its destination around 3:30 p.m. A cause wasn't immediately provided by authorities. 

First responders from the Karnes County Sheriff's Office, Karnes County EMS and multiple local volunteer fire departments. 

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting the investigation. 


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