Update 9:31 AM: Thomas Pechal with Temple Fire & Rescue issued the following press release Monday morning to clarify what happened Sunday night:

A Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft made an emergency landing Sunday night, March 13, 2016 in Temple, after the pilot reported engine trouble.

The flight originated from Austin and was headed to the Dallas area.  The pilot told officials the plane developed mechanical issues which led to an engine failure.  He was attempting to land at Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport, when he landed in a field off Airport Trail.  The plane received minor damage to the front landing gear and prop.  There were no injuries.

Units from Temple Fire & Rescue, Temple Police, Scott & White EMS, Department of Public Safety and Bell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call at 10:43 p.m.  All units cleared at 11:57 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.


Authorities are working to determine what caused a plane to go down in a Temple field Sunday night.

The plane made an emergency landing near Draughon-Miller Airport off Airport Trail around 10:45 PM. One person was on board and reportedly able to walk away with no major injuries.

Temple police, fire crews, the Bell County sheriff, and the Department of Public Safety responded to the scene. As of Monday morning, they hadn't disclosed where the plane was from, where it was headed, or the results of any preliminary investigation.