ANGELINA COUNTY, TX. (THECOUNT) — James Duke VanLue, of Tomball, Texas, has been identified as the victim in a Saturday single-engine plane crash in Angelina County.

“Duke” VanLue, 40, was killed when a small plane he was piloting crashed Saturday near Zavalla.


According to reports, VanLue was piloting a Piper, when for unknown reasons, the aircraft crashed early Saturday morning near a private airstrip off TX-147 in Zavalla.

Officials responded Saturday afternoon to a report of a plane crash. It was determined that the plane crashed sometime after 2 a.m. Saturday.

Preliminary reports say the aircraft departed Tomball and was headed to Zavalla.

Authorities found the crash site around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

VanLue was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash of blunt force trauma injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Angelina County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 86,771. Its county seat is Lufkin. It was formed in 1846 from Nacogdoches County. It is named for a Hasinai Native American woman who assisted early Spanish missionaries and was named Angelina by them – Wikipedia.