A former instructor at Sheppard Air Force Base and his brother with local connections died in a Sunday evening plane crash in Abilene.
Air Force Maj. Richard “Tracer” Schafer III, 35, of Columbus Mississippi, and Matthew Taylor Schafer, 28, of Abilene, died when the Foxtrot 4, a small home-built airplane they were flying crashed.
The brothers were the sons of local homebuilder Rick Schafer and wife Beth.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the accident.
A preliminary report is expected to be released sometime next week, but it could take between six months to a year for a more in depth factual report to be done, said Tom Latson, NTSB aircraft accident investigator.
Another adult was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Also, a child passanger was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, Latson said.