Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Zenair CH 601 HDS Super Zodiac, N444PZ: Accident occurred January 26, 2021 near Skydive Houston Airport (37XA), Waller County, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Location: Waller, TX 
Accident Number: CEN21LA117
Date & Time: January 26, 2021, 15:25 Local
Registration: N444PZ
Aircraft: Zenair Zodiac 601HDS
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 26, 2021, about 1525 central standard time, a Zenair Zodiac 601 HDS airplane, N444PZ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Waller, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the engine lost power shortly after takeoff. He recalled the preflight run-up and takeoff were normal. However, about 150 to 200 ft above ground level, the pilot recalled two “pops” and the engine lost power. He executed a forced landing to an open field.

The airplane sustained damage to both wings and the fuselage. A postaccident engine examination is planned.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenair Zodiac 
Registration: N444PZ
Model/Series: 601HDS 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTME, 166 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Waller, TX (37XA)
Destination: Waller, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 29.992833,-95.930482 (est)

WALLER, Texas (KTRK) -- A pilot has been injured after a plane went down in Waller County Tuesday afternoon.

DPS officials confirmed they were notified at about 4:10 p.m. that the plane went down near Plain View Drive.

The pilot was airlifted to a hospital in unknown condition. The pilot was the sole occupant on the aircraft.

No other injuries have been reported. There's no word yet on what caused the plane to go down.

FAA officials are expected to launch an investigation.

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