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Two Kids Perish In The Parker County Plane Tragedy, Including The Vice President Of The Paradise School Board

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A plane disaster in Parker County on Sunday claimed the lives of a North Texas surgeon and his two children.

What Happened?

A plane crash in the Poolville area soon after 1 p.m. prompted the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, LifeCare Ambulance, and nearby fire departments to respond.

Three persons were reportedly on board the aircraft as it took off from a Wise County airstrip. According to PCSO, the aircraft is thought to be a twin-engine Cessna. It went off the road, close to BJ Lane and Lone Star Road.

Dr. Heath Smith, the vice president of the school board, and two of his children perished in the collision, according to Paradise school authorities, who made this confirmation.

Cause Of Their Death

“We are deeply saddened for the Smith family,” declared Paradise ISD superintendent Will Brewer. “The sorrow we feel for their passing is beyond words. It is impossible to imagine the tragedy this family has experienced. As a parent, board member, and alumnus of our school district, Dr. Smith was an invaluable asset. He had a deep affection for Paradise ISD, and he left a lasting impression on the faculty and staff. Please remember to pray for the Smith family.

Paradise School

Source: CNN

According to the school district, Smith was first elected to the school board in November 2017 and then again in November 2023, during which time he rose to the position of vice president. His website listed him as a bariatric surgeon with offices in Decatur and Fort Worth.

As of right now, the crash’s cause is unknown. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are looking into the matter.

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