Small Plane Lands in Emergency in a Houston Parking Lot

Monday, June 23, 2014
By George Hatcher

small planeA single-propeller aircraft made an emergency landing in the parking lot of an oilfield service company located in northwest Houston, Texas.

According to the Houston Fire Department, they were called to the parking lot of TAM International, near Pinemont west of Highway 290, shortly after 7 a.m. on June 20.

The small, red-colored Champion Sportster landed without any damage to the nearby parked cars, although its right tire was damaged during the emergency landing. The landing gear collapsed during an apparently intentional ground-loop.

Officials confirmed that there were two people aboard at the time of the accident. HPD Officer Tray Riley said, “They’re very thankful to be uninjured and to be able to put that aircraft down without it flipping over, without injuring anyone else in the parking lot.”

The pilot maintained that the plane lost power just after taking off from Weiser Airpark, Cypress.

The initial investigation confirmed that the plane’s engine failed. The FAA is investigating the cause of the engine failure.

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