An airplane was carrying a medical patient from Alpine to Odessa crashed minutes after takeoff early on July 4th, 2010 -- killing 5 people on board.
The National Transportation Safety Board says there was nothing mechanically wrong with the plane at the time of the crash. But the N.T.S.B. says the pilot might have been drowsy, since he was usually sleeping at the hour of the night when the crash took place.
According to the report, the pilot had forgotten to pull up the plane's landing gear and wing flaps after takeoff. The plane crashed with the gear still exposed.
Four of the crash victims were from West Texas -- including two from Midland.