UPDATE: The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed with KLFY the identities of the four people who were killed in a plane crash Sunday near Waco.

Sgt. Erik Burse identified the deceased as 59-year-old Kenneth Hix and 59-year-old Missy Lynn Hix of Lafayette, and, 59-year-old Phillip Ackel and 58-year-old Pauline Ackel of Natchitoches.

Kenneth Hix sat on the Our Lady of Lourdes Board of Directors. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has released the following statement on the Hix’s passing. Both were graduates and supporters of the university.

“The Louisiana Department of Athletics mourns the tragic passing of Kenny and Missy Hix, avid Ragin’ Cajuns fans and supporters of many years. Kenny and Missy were so generous in their support of multiple Louisiana sport programs.  Our hearts go out to the Hix family and their friends during this time.” 

LEON COUNTY, Texas (KLFY) – The four passengers of a single-engine airplane died Sunday morning after crashing near the Hilltop Lakes Stables.

Stables Manager Greg Nelson says the crash happened in an open field and didn’t hit any structure.

The Piper PA-46 aircraft departed from Horseshoe Bay, Texas at 9:59 a.m. and was scheduled to land at Natchitoches, Louisiana at 11:44 a.m. but crashed about 50 minutes after departing in Hilltop Lakes.

Right now State Troopers are on scene waiting for the NTSB and FAA to begin their investigation.

According to the FAA, the plane is registered out of Lafayette, Louisiana, and was built in 1984.

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