UPDATE: Victims of plane crash identified

Posted at 10:00 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 17:52:07-04

A Lafayette couple and a Natchitoches couple have been identified as those who died Sunday when their plane crashed in Texas.

Kenneth Hix, 59 and his wife Missy Lynn Hix, 59, both of Lafayette; and Philip Ackel, 59, and his wife Pauline Ackel, 58, of Natchitoches were on the plane when it went down, a spokesman for Texas state police says. There were no survivors.

Hix is listed as the agent and director of KMAC Bravo LLC, the Lafayette-based company to which the plane is registered, records show.

This afternoon, UL Athletics issued the following statement:

“The Louisiana Department of Athletics mourns the tragic passing of Kenny and Missy Hix, avid Ragin' Cajuns fans and supporters of many years. Kenny and Missy were so generous in their support of multiple Louisiana sport programs. Our hearts go out to the Hix family and their friends during this time.”

Our sister station KXXV reported Sunday that the plane crashed in Leon County near Hilltop Lakes Airport Sunday, as it was headed home to Louisiana from the Austin area.

The single-engine Piper PA-46 Malibu with four people on board crashed near Hilltop Lakes Airport in Hilltop Lakes, Texas, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Flight records show the plane, registered to KMAC Bravo LLC, took off at 9:59 AM from Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, TX en route to Natchitoches, LA.

The call for the crash came in around 10:50 AM.

According to DPS, the pilot reported trouble to the FAA and was trying to land the plane when it crashed.