Matt Briscoe

Authorities in Victoria are searching for the wreckage of a single engine cargo plane that witnesses say went down just about 8:30 local time Tuesday evening near the community of Inez, Texas.

As of 10:30 pm Tuesday evening authorities confirmed that they were looking for a downed aircraft in the area but they had did not confirm if wreckage had been discovered.

Data collected by the South Texas Journal late Tuesday evening showed the Cessna 208B Caravan aircraft making a strange pattern shortly after departure from Victoria Regional Airport just after 8:00 pm. At around 8:16 pm radar contact was lost with the aircraft near Inez.

Records show that the Caravan was owned and operated by Addison, Texas based Martinaire and ran a Houston/Victoria route almost nightly. The company was established in 1978 and is one of the largest single line air cargo carriers in the country and is primarily contracted to do overnight shipping for UPS.

The plane was scheduled to arrive at Houston Intercontinental Airport just after 8:30. It’s original scheduled departure time was set originally for just after 6:00 pm but was delayed for unknown reasons.

The Caravan has an original manufacturing date of 1968.