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Search continues for man in plane crash

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
July 5, 2011 at 2:05 a.m.


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A search continues for the body of Dr. Lyle Koen, 67, of Austin, who was the pilot a plane that crashed about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Matagorda Bay.

Department of Public Safety divers located Koen's passenger, David Eddington, 42, also of Austin, in the cockpit of the single-engine Lancair plane Monday morning.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Captain and District Supervisor Nick Harmon said his team was on the water most of Tuesday in a 25-foot vessel with side scan sonar to search for the missing body.

"We haven't found him. If we don't find him in the next couple of days, more than likely we're not going to," Harmon said.

Several of Koen's personal items are continuing to surface, however, including clothing items and a wallet with his identification inside.

"We found the wallet with his ID inside, near the crash site," Harmon said, referring to wreckage location about five miles east of Bird Island.

Moments after Koen and Eddington took off from a private runway on Matagorda Peninsula on Sunday, the aircraft nose dived into water that was about seven feet deep.

The homemade airplane, built by Koen, broke apart upon impact.

Harmon said Texas Parks and Wildlife will resume its search on Wednesday and continue to search for another few days.

"It's been so long now since the crash, we'll just have to wait," he said.

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