Small plane crashes while preparing to land at Denton airport

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A pilot died in a plane crash Wednesday night in Denton County.

The twin engine airplane went down about 9 p.m. just west of Highway 377 in Argyle, north of Fort Worth. It was preparing to land at the Denton Municipal Airport but crashed near Liberty Christian High School.

The pilot who died was identified as 52-year-old William Graves of Flower Mound.

"No buildings that we've found thus far have been struck, just the aircraft itself landed in kind of a maintenance area I guess you could call it. It did some damage to a fence," said Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Federal Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are among the agencies investigating the crash.

Graves reportedly made contact with air traffic control at Denton Municipal shortly before the plane crashed. He was not yet in final approach and didn't mention to controllers any trouble with his plane.

The plane was mostly intact after its crash in a field near an industrial area. There were no apparent skid marks along the land.

Friends said Graves moved to North Texas from Minnesota about a year ago. He was the owner of 94 Domino's Pizza restaurants.

The Domino's Franchisee Association website says Graves started working for Domino's as a driver in 1981. Four years later he opened his first franchise. He went on to operate restaurants in nine states.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, and six children ranging in age from 5 to 20 years old.


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