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Hatch plane crash victims posted on social media moments before crash

Kanequa Chancellor, 41, was one of the four killed when the single engine Cessna aircraft they were in crashed northwest of the Hatch airport. (Credit: Facebook)

An El Paso woman killed in a plane crash over the weekend was celebrating her birthday.

Kanequa Chancellor, 41, was one of the four killed when the single-engine Cessna aircraft they were in crashed northwest of Hatch Municipal Airport.

Chancellor posted a photo on her Instagram of herself aboard an aircraft on Saturday.

Chancellor, who was a pastor at Destiny Family Christian Center, was celebrating her birthday by taking a ride on a private plane, which would be followed by lunch in New Mexico.

Former UTEP women’s basketball coach Keitha Adams expressed her condolences on Twitter.

Chancellor was from Dallas, but moved to El Paso to play on the Miners women’s basketball team from 1994 to 1998, according to UTEP officials.

The YouTube channel “Be Extraordinary” was one of Chancellor’s projects. She uploaded inspirational videos that featured her talking about faith, education and encouragement as they related to a variety of topics.

She was an educator at Clint Independent School District since 2005. The school district released this statement following the announcement of her death:

The Clint ISD family is heartbroken over the loss of one of our own. Kanequa Chancellor was a dedicated educator who made an impact on our students. She leaves behind a legacy of new and innovative programs she implemented to prepare our students for years to come. We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones. She will truly be missed by all.

New Mexico State Police said Chancellor, along with Christopher Howell, Anthony Deramus and Malcolm Watkins, were found dead Sunday at the wreckage site.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday the aircraft was reported missing Saturday.

Chancellor went live on Facebook on Saturday at 12:56 p.m., documenting a flight.

One of the other passengers killed in the crash, Christopher Howell, documented the moments before leaving Atlantic Aviation near the El Paso International Airport and later arriving at Hatch Municipal Airport.

According to Howell’s Instagram video, the group had lunch at Sparky’s in Hatch and had plans to return to the airport to return to El Paso.

The FAA is looking into the cause and nature of the crash.

Destiny Family Christian Center members said Chancellor was a pastor, Howell was a minister and Deramus was a deacon for their church.

Watkins lived in Waxahachie, Texas.

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