Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N517LA: Fatal accident occurred July 13, 2019 near West Houston Airport (KIWS), Harris County, Texas

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Pilot Noshir Medhora

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP (N517LA)

HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Part of a Katy neighborhood is still blocked off Saturday evening as the FAA investigates a plane crash that killed a man from Houston. 

A Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP crashed in the 20200 block of Kingsland Boulevard in Katy on Saturday around 10:30 a.m. One person is dead. Both the building and the plane were fully engulfed in flames.

The plane took off from West Houston airport. Medhora hadn't been in the air long before he realized something was wrong and tried to get to safety. He called the airport and tried to turn around to go back but crashed. Troopers say he called the airport, but they don’t know what he said, or if he made a distress call before he crashed into this Katy neighborhood.

“I hear the noise, first I hear the crash in the trees," said Carmen Maca, who lives nearby. "At first I thought it was here in my driveway because it was so close."

The seat and fuselage landed in the pool, creating a wide debris field.

The plane crashed into a building and remnants of the aircraft also flew into a nearby community pool. DPS confirms that a wedding was planned for the club house on Saturday, meaning the pool was empty and no one was injured. 

Had this happened 30 minutes later, this story may have been very different.

“We were very very fortunate that the pool was not occupied. My understanding is the pool opens at 11 and this occurred at 10:30,"   said Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap.

Troopers call the sad but low death toll, a miracle.

Federal Aviation Administration and Texas DPS Southeast will be leading the investigation, with the Harris County Fire Marshal Office and HAZMAT will be assisting. 

Earlier on Saturday there were concerns that chemicals inside that building might have been spread by the water used to put out the fire. But at this point, we’ve been told everything is contained and the community at large is safe.

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HOUSTON - The pilot who was killed when a Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP plane crashed into a community center in Katy has been identified, according to the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office. 

The pilot has been identified as 69-year-old Noshir Medhora.

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the community center in the Nottingham Country neighborhood off Kingsland Boulevard and Houghton Road. 

"The debris field stems from the back of that building where a large portion of the plane extended in the water and that whole playground area,” said Pct 5 Constable Ted Heap.

Home surveillance video captured the moment the plane crashed into the community pool. 

A photo taken by a witness showed flames shooting from a building at the center next to the pool, as well as fiery wreckage in the swimming pool. 

Emergency personnel can be seen in the image.

Deputy constables said a wedding was scheduled Saturday at the center but that no one was there at the time of the crash.

No one else was injured, according to deputies.

Officials are asking anyone with video of the incident to give it to DPS.

There is no word on what led to the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Texas Department of Public Safety are handling the investigation.

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Pilot Noshir Medhora

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A pilot is dead after a Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP plane crashed into a community center building in west Harris County Saturday morning.

It happened at the Mason Creek Community Center, located at 20201 Kingsland Blvd. near Houghton Rd. around 10:30 a.m.

Noshir Medhora, 69, was identified by DPS as the pilot who died in the crash.

Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap says the Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP lost altitude and crashed into the community center's pool maintenance building and burst into flames.

He says no one was in the pool at the time of the crash, though debris flew into the building upon impact.

Heap says people were also in the clubhouse next door preparing for a wedding, but no injuries were reported.

The plane took off from West Houston Airport Saturday and wasn't in the air for long, Heap says.

DPS says Medhora was the only person on the plane.

Multiple residents in the area reported seeing the plane up in flames and posted pictures onto social media.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are continuing their investigation.

We have learned Medhora was born and raised in India before coming to the U.S. in 1973. He was living on Houston's northside since 1975.

He received his Master's degree in mechanical engineering from Berkeley in 1975.

Medhora is survived by his wife and two children.

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Anonymous said...

Chilling video...cruel reminder that the strongest of the "four forces" is gravity!

Anonymous said...

Gravity is actually the weakest of the four forces but yes, it always wins.