Plane departing from Fort Worth crashes, Mansfield couple killed



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KVUE Austin & WFAA reports

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 8:13 PM

MANSFIELD -- A popular couple from Mansfield died when their plane crashed outside of Fredericksburg early Thursday afternoon.

Don and Jeanne Frosch of Mansfield were both killed in the accident, according to family members.

The plane was coming from Fort Worth Spinks Airport.

The Gillespie County Airport manager told KVUE News a Cesna 182 plane crashed at the airport Thursday around 1:25 p.m. about two miles from the airport at Hollmig Lane.

Frosch, 44, had rented the plane from Spinks Flight Center, a flight school based out of the Fort Worth-area airport.

A woman manager from the school would only tells a News 8 crew that the flight, "wasn't a training flight" before locking the doors.

The airport manager said flights of that nature aren't required to file flight plans.

Jeanne's mother told News 8 the couple would occasionally go on weekend getaways.

She said they leave behind an eight-year-old daughter.

Friends said Don was an experienced pilot that would even fly around the state to bring back groups of friends for their softball league in Mansfield.

"He was great. Everyone in our church loved him," said David St. Pierre, a longtime friend.

The plane reportedly clipped a tree before crashing. No other structures were impacted.