Saturday, November 09, 2019

Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six, N7703J: Accident occurred November 09, 2019 near David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Harris County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Houston, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA018
Date & Time: 11/09/2019, 0945 CST
Registration: N7703J
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 9, 2019, about 945 central standard time, a Piper PA-32 airplane, N7703J, lost power shortly after takeoff from David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (DWH), Houston, Texas. The pilot sustained minor injury. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the pilot, shortly after takeoff from runway 35L the engine lost power. The pilot turned the airplane to the right, back towards the airport; due to the altitude at the time of the loss of engine power, he was unable to return to the runway. The nose landing gear collapsed during the forced landing to a field. Both wings and the fuselage were substantially damaged.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7703J
Model/Series: PA32 260
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDWH
Observation Time: 0853 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.33 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Houston, TX (DWH)
Destination: Houston, TX (DWH)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a small aircraft crashed along the Grand Parkway near FM 2920.

First responders are on the scene near the Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six plane.

Deputies say the pilot was the only one on-board and he is uninjured.

Authorities say the crash may have been a result of engine failure. 

The pilot was able to land in an open field.

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District 1 Deputies responded to a plane crash at 10800 N Grand Parkway. The pilot said the plane lost power during take off. Pilot was able to land the plane in a field north of listed location. Pilot walked away from crash w/minor injuries after a hard landing. -Harris County Sheriff's Office