NMSP: Plane crashes near Hatch; 4 dead


HATCH, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police are investigating the scene of a plane crash that happened near the Hatch airport Sunday evening.

According to NMSP, officers located the site of the crash and reported that a fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna aircraft had crashed around 5:30 p.m.

Four occupants were found at the scene but were pronounced deceased.

The Office of the Medical Investigator identified the victims as 57-year-old Anthony Deramus, 33-year-old Christopher Howell and 41-year-old Kanequa Chancellor who were all from El Paso, Texas. Malcolm Watkins, 25, from Waxahachie, Texas also died in the crash.

Bishop Richard Johnson and Pastor Adele Johnson form the Destiny Family Christian Center in El Paso say three of them were pastors.

The cause of the crash is still unknown. The Federal Aviation Administration is currently conducting an investigation into the cause and nature of the crash.

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