Pilot survives plane crash near Presidio

PRESIDIO – A 56-year-old Fort Worth man survived an airplane crash near Presidio last week, according to the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office.

Antonio Cuauhtli Jr. was the pilot and sole occupant of a single-engine aircraft that went down at about 5:30pm Wednesday, November 14 near Loma Pelona Road and Alamito Creek some six miles east of Presidio Lely Airport, the sheriff’s office said.

Cuauhtli “suffered minor injuries and was alert and conscious upon our arrival,” Presidio County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Sheriff Joel Nuñez said.

The pilot was able to call 911 to help authorities to his location, and the accident scene was located at the edge of a dry Alamito Creek bed.

The pilot stated he was having engine trouble, and he tried to switch fuel tanks with no success, Nuñez said.

The search was conducted by Sheriff Danny Dominguez, Nuñez, and the south county deputies. The Presidio Volunteer Fire Department was also on the scene, and United States Border Patrol agents and the Texas Department of Public Safety highway patrol assisted the sheriff’s office in the search.

Cuauhtli told the sheriff’s office he was flying to the Presidio airport and then going to Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico, Nuñez added. Further investigation is being conducted by the FAA, according to the sheriff’s office.