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Cedar Ridge Aviation's Dustin Johnson aided authorities in the search for a missing plane Thursday morning. The wreckage was later located near Lake Coleman, in Coleman County, Texas. Police say all three souls onboard the plane have been confirmed deceased.

COLEMAN COUNTY, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety is confirming three people have died in a plane crash this morning in Coleman County, Texas.

Around 6 a.m., DPS Sergeant Fred Biddle says their department was notified of a possible plane crash in Coleman County involving a missing aircraft, a Beechcraft King Air BE 200 bearing tail number N860J, with three people onboard.

The wreckage was later discovered by a helicopter crew from Cedar Ridge Aviation, which directed first responders, from multiple agencies, to the site.

Biddle says there were no survivors in the crash, although, at the time of press, the names of the victims had not been released.

The crash site was located northwest of Lake Coleman in Coleman County, which is located approximately an hour south of Abilene, Texas.

The plane departed Abilene Regional Airport just before 6 a.m. and the pilot reported an electrical issue before losing contact with air traffic control operators, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

The wreckage was originally thought to have been located in Callahan County which prompted the search assistance of Cedar Ridge Aviation's pilot Dustin Johnson. Callahan Sheriff Terry Joy tells MyTexasDaily.com Dustin often rises to the occasion to assist the county with locating missing persons and other incidents.

Joy describes the area, later determined to be Coleman County, as very rough country and not easily accessible by vehicle — coupled with recent rains, hindered the ground search efforts this morning.

This is a developing story.

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