The pilot of a commercial crane that crashed while carrying oil from the Permian Basin has died, officials said.
The crash happened in South Texas early Wednesday.
The plane crashed in the Perdido Canyon, a popular tourist spot in Perdillo, according to the Perma-Texas Fire Department.
“Our condolences go out to the pilot’s family and friends at this very difficult time,” said Perma County Fire Marshal Chris Johnson.
The Permistan Basin is the country’s largest oil and gas producer.
The company said that it was working with authorities to identify the pilot.
The pilot’s name has not been released.
Perdida County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Davis said the pilot was carrying about 800,000 gallons of oil when it crashed.
The flight was carrying a crane with a crane trailer.
“They were flying a rig that was carrying 1,000 barrels of oil,” Davis said.
“The pilot had some issues with his brakes and was unable to continue.
He then made contact with the ground, which caused a collision.”
Davis said it appeared that the pilot suffered some structural damage and that there was a “fog of the field.”
“He was pronounced dead at the scene,” Davis told KENS-TV.
Permiston Basin officials were not immediately available for comment.
The rig was carrying more than 2 million gallons of crude oil.
“Permistans Oil & Gas is deeply saddened by the tragic accident involving our crane and the rig it was in yesterday,” Permists Oil & Gas said in a statement.
“We have been in touch with the family of the pilot and are in communication with authorities.
Permandis Oil < Gas will continue to monitor the situation.
PerMandis is committed to providing the highest level of safety to our workers and to our guests.”