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Two Die In Rockwell Plane Crash

Authorities have released the identities of the two men who were on board a single-engine plane that crashed in Rockwell on Thursday.

According to the report which appeared on the NBC local website in Dallas-Fort Worth, the single-engine Cessna 182 crashed in a field north of State Highway 66, just short of the Ralph M. Hall Airport in Rockwall, after striking a power line on Thursday, November 12 at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Several emergency services vehicles from Rockwell, and the surrounding area responded to the crash and fire. The two men were declared dead at the scene, but officials did not immediately release their identities pending notification of their family members.

In a statement issued by a spokesperson for the Rockwall Police Department, the two men on board the small aircraft have been identified as 75-year-old Dr. Donald L. Wehmeyer and 67-year-old former U.S. Representative to South Africa, Curtis G. Robertson.  Both victims were from Abilene.

A portion of Texas State Route 66 from Farm-to-Market Road to John King Boulevard was closed to traffic on Thursday afternoon while firefighters and investigators were at the crash scene.

The cause of the crash is currently unknown and is under investigation.  The Rockwall Police Department has turned the investigation over to federal investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). 

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