Kelly O’Neal and Robert O’Neal Killed in Small Plane Crash
An Amarillo man and his son were killed in a plane crash after leaving TAC Air in Amarillo on their way to Fort Worth on Friday.
Kelly O’Neal, a Colorado Springs, Colo. dentist and amateur pilot, and his passenger Robert O’Neal, 79, of Amarillo, were pronounced dead at about 9 p.m. after their plane went down in high winds near Claude.
Officials said at about 6 p.m., the 1974 twin-engine Beechcraft King Air disappeared from radar after stopping at TAC Air in Amarillo to pick up a passenger and crashed in a field about 20 miles southeast of TAC Air.
The aircraft crashed on a private property south of County Road 3 and Farm-to-Market Road 1258 in Armstrong County.
Friends said the O’Neals were heading to a concert in Fort Worth when the accident happened.
Robert O’Neal worked at Trans World Airlines and Great Western Directories before retiring.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.