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Small airplane crashes in West Texas near state’s highest peak

GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Texas — A single-engine airplane has crashed near the highest peak in Texas, causing an explosion and debris field a half-mile wide.

Elizabeth Jackson, a spokeswoman for Guadalupe Mountains National Park, says the plane went down late Tuesday afternoon in a rugged area near Guadalupe Peak, with an elevation of about 8,700 feet.

She says the remoteness of the area has delayed emergency response and it wasn’t clear Wednesday how many were aboard the plane. Jackson says it’s unlikely anyone could have survived.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the craft was a single-engine plane but no other information was available.

Jackson says the crash happened in a proposed wilderness area, meaning recovery efforts will be slowed because motorized vehicles are prohibited.

It takes more than two hours to hike into the area.

In related news, Hydrogen sulfide concerns in West Texas oil well blowout.

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