Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, N642RJ: Accident occurred May 07, 2018 in Addison, Dallas County, Texas

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA264
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 07, 2018 in Addison, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N642RJ

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A single engine plane made a crash landing in parking lot just off the Dallas North Tollway late Monday evening. The pilot was not injured.

Officials said the landing happened just after 11 p.m. in a parking lot off the Dallas North Tollway near an Extended Stay Hotel.

The plane clipped trees on its way to the ground and sustained wing and wheel damage. There was also a small fire that the pilot, Bobby Hawley of Fort Worth, was able to put out. He was able to make it out with no injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot was headed from Mississippi to Weatherford when he reported losing fuel.

The pilot tried to make it to Addison Municipal Airport but went down two miles short of that destination.

Hawley said he is thankful no one on the ground was injured.

“There’s shopping centers, office buildings, a lot of homes and dangerous wires and trees and light poles… so the fact that this pilot was able to make an emergency landing in the parking lot of a small restaurant that has all of those attributes going… it’s pretty amazing to me,” said Bob Steinfeld, who lives nearby.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a small plane made an emergency landing late Monday night in a restaurant parking lot right off of the Dallas North Tollway.

The Piper PA-28 aircraft was en route from Tupelo, Mississippi to Weatherford when the pilot reported he was losing fuel.

He made the decision to land the plane as he approached the Dallas/Addison border -- and brought it down in the parking lot of an old restaurant that has sat vacant for years.

First responders noted the area, which is near where the DNT crosses the President George Bush Turnpike, is highly populated and highly traveled. They said it's "remarkable" the pilot was able to land without hitting any buildings or vehicles and that no one was hurt.

The plane did hit a light pole after it touched down, but the pilot walked away unharmed. The FAA says he was able to extinguish a small fire that broke out in the plane before first responders arrived.

The plane is registered to an address in Fort Worth.

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