Texas Wing members killed in private plane crash

Two members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing died Monday morning in small private plane crashed north of the Tupelo Regional Airport. Jack jackson gwynn groggel

Lt. Col. Henry “Jack” L. Jackson, pilot, his wife Lt. Col. Gwynn A. Groggel and two friends were onboard the Bonanza A36 single-engine, six-seater plane when it crashed shortly after takeoff from at 8:32 a.m.

Groggle and Jackson joined the Civil Air Patrol in May 1987. They were well-known by everyone in the CAP community, most notably for their involvement with the Mountain Search and Rescue Exercise held each year in Alpine, Texas.

“They were members of the Kerrville Composite Squadron and were responsible for starting the squadron back in the 1990s,” said Maj. George Otto, squadron commander. “And Groggel was also the first commander of the Kerrville Squadron.”

Lt. Col. Jackson’s current duties included assistant standardization and evaluations officer for the Texas Wing as well as a mission pilot, observer, scanner and instructor pilot.  He also served as the Texas Wing vice commander from February 2005 to April 2015.