A single-engine propeller airplane that turned upside down on takeoff about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday near Robinson will remain in place at the site of the accident until federal investigators can inspect it, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported.
The DPS said the aircraft is an Air Tractor made for agricultural and pest-control purposes, owned by Corpora Aerial Service of Hearne.
A dispatcher said the Federal Aviation Administration said it was short-handed because of the government financial shutdown, and it will be a day or two before an investigator can be sent to the scene.
The pilot, Vincent Wayne Mathews, 49, of Gause, was reported unhurt. No one else was involved in the accident.
The DPS said crosswinds caused the plane’s left wing to hit the ground on or near Hacienda Wesley Road about six miles east of Robinson, causing the craft to flip over.
Federal aviation authorities investigate all aircraft accidents.