Texas Department of Public Safety officials say that a 1970 A60 Beech twin-engine airplane went down about 8 miles northeast of Abilene around 10:40 AM Thursday.
Troopers say that Frank Leroy Bell of Tuscola was flying the plane when it ran out of fuel.
Bell, 75, tried to glide the plane onto a plowed field, but the aircraft crashed into some mesquite trees short of the field instead.
Bell wasn't injured in the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.