by Elizabeth Ruiz
Airport officials at a northern New Mexico ski resort say a San Antonio pilot was warned about strong, gusty winds before he took off.
The airport manager told the Associated Press that they warned 33-year-old John Phillip Verhalen III about 55-mile-per hour wind gusts Sunday afternoon and there were signs on the front desk, but Verhalen said he was confident in his abilities to fly the aircraft in those conditions
The plane went down shortly after takeoff in the community of Angel Fire, New Mexico
Verhalen and his three passengers were killed.
They're identified as Verhalen's sister, 41-year-old Sara Verhalen, her 13-year-old daughter, Chloe Marie Jameson from the Dallas area and Verhalen's girlfriend, 26-year-old Jennifer Woodward, whose family lives in Schertz.
The FAA says the plane was owned by a company in Scottsville, Texas, which is about 150 miles east of Dallas.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.