District Fire Chief Richard Mann says the pilot walked away from the crash.
“He had a mechanical malfunction from what I understand and looked for an area to land the plane. I think we was very fortunate given the rush-hour traffic in southwest Houston, there are not a lot of options. I’m not an investigator, but I’d say the pilot did a real good job. Nobody was injured and he was able to get the plane down in southwest Houston with no injuries.”
The plane ended-up behind two car dealerships. Jeff Pollard works for Momentum Porsche and saw the pilot and the plane shortly after the crash.
“It’s almost surreal. You don’t think about a plane crashing right behind where you work. He’s fortunate that he’s okay and I’m just glad nobody got hurt. It’s just remarkable that an airplane can land like this in the middle of a city and not hit anything and nobody get injured. He said he had a mechanical difficulty and his quote was that he was looking for a place to put it down where I wouldn’t get killed.”
The plane, which had taken off from Pearland airport, was destroyed in the fire.