Plane Crash Near Breckenridge Claims Life of Midland Man

Published 02/19 2014 03:08PM

Updated 02/19 2014 07:02PM

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a deadly plane crash near Breckenridge Tuesday that claimed the life of a Midland man.

38-year-old Ray Hofman of Midland had recently purchased a 1953 Hawker Sea Fury fighter plane, and was performing a test flight when investigators say the plane went into a nosedive and crashed into a wooded area. Representatives from Ezell Aviation in Breckenridge and Stephens County Justice of the Peace Mike Heatley say the crash scene is south of the Breckenridge airport.

According to Ezell Aviation's website, the vintage fighter plane had been restored in 1989. The plane once belonged to Howard Pardue, a well-known oilman and pilot who died in a plane crash April 2012.

The Department of Public Safety says Hofman was training since it was newly purchased aircraft and had a problem handling the plane.

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