NTSB Identification: CEN16LA167
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 24, 2016 in Hempstead, TX
Aircraft: PROBST ZENAIR 601XL, registration: C-GXLP
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On April 24, 2016, about 0945 central daylight time, a Probst Zenair 601XL single-engine amateur built airplane, C-GXLP, impacted a ground obstacle during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Hempstead, Texas. The pilot was uninjured and the airplane sustained substantial wing damaged during the impact. The airplane was registered to and was operated by the pilot, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan had not been filed. The airplane had departed from the David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, near Houston, Texas, about 0925 central daylight time and was destined for the Brenham Municipal Airport (11R), near Brenham, Texas.
According to initial information, the pilot reported that he lost electrical power and subsequently lost engine power. He diverted and performed a forced landing on a road where the airplane's left wing impacted a sign pole.
At 0955, the recorded weather at 11R was: Wind 160 degrees at 6 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; scattered clouds at 2,600 feet; broken clouds at 12,000 feet; temperature 22 degrees C; dew point 18 degrees C; altimeter setting of 29.93 inches of mercury.