Father and son dead after small plane crash in Midland

MIDLAND, TX (NBC) - A father and son are dead after their plane crashed on Thursday night.

Sixteen-year-old Gavyn Cooper and his father John Cooper were aboard a small aircraft that crashed shortly after taking off from Midland Insertional Air & Space Port.

The plane departed from runway 16 and was preparing to exit the traffic pattern when it crashed near the approach end of the runway.
The crash caused a fire to break out but crews were able to put out the flames.

The FAA will release the aircraft’s tail number after investigators are able to confirm it.

The FAA and NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.