By ROB DURHAM
A Midland man died in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon when his Hawker Sea Fury crashed Tuesday afternoon near the Stephens County Airport in southern Stephens County.
Raymond Alan Hofman, 38, of Midland died when his Hawker Sea Fury ISS-25, fixed wing single engine airplane crashed about four miles southeast of Breckenridge.
According to a report from the Department of Public Safety, Hofman was training with a newly-purchased aircraft when he experienced a problem with handling, causing the plane to nose dive and crash into a heavily-wooded area.
Hofman, who was killed on impact, was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. by Stephens County Justice of the Peace Mike Heatley.
The body was taken to Morehart Funeral Home in Breckenridge. No passengers were aboard the aircraft.
Hofman, the CEO and owner of Peak Completion Technologies (an oilfield services company), leaves behind a wife a four children.
DPS trooper Robert McGrath was the reporting officer. The crash remains under investigation by the FAA and the NTSB.