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Tristan Dorien, Benjamin Griffin, William Oneal and Erica Gore Injured in Jasper County Plane Crash in B.A. Steinghagen Lake

Jasper County, Texas — Earlier this week, Tuesday, October 6, 2015, four people were injured in a small plane after it crashed into the B.A. Steinhagen Lake, near Jasper, TX. Police identified the pilot of the plane as Tristan Dorien and said that he and his passengers, Benjamin Griffin, William Oneal and Erica Gore, were all injured and taken to a local hospital after the crash.

The four of them are apparently part of a filmmaking crew out of California and were flying to New Orleans this past Tuesday morning around 2:15 a.m.

As they flew over the lake, the engine suddenly cut out after running out of fuel, causing the small plane to crash into the lake by the Martin Dies Jr. State Park’s shoreline. Distress signals were sent out and the crew was picked up after they swam nearly 1.5 miles to the shore. The pilot, Tristan Dorien, had some apparent head injuries, but everyone was believed to be in good condition.

Later, it came to light that they had landed in Woodville, but were unable to refuel, so they were trying to fly to Jasper when the plane ran out of fuel over the lake.

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Map of B.A. Steinhagen Lake

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