Monday, September 13, 2021

Piper PA-44-180 Seminole, N740FT: Accident occurred September 12, 2021 in Magnolia, Montgomery County, Texas

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

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a driveway and struck a tree. 

Up and Up Aviation LLC

Date: 12-SEP-21
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N740FT
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA44
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

The pilot in one incident is expected to be ok after both engines failed Sunday. Shortly after that incident, reports began to come in about smoke trailing behind another aircraft.

The pilot of a small aircraft was able to walk away from a crash Sunday after both engines failed.

It happened around 11 a.m. in the 29900 block of Post Oak Run near High Meadow Ranch Drive south of Magnolia.

The man was flying when he lost power in one of the engines and began looking for a place to land the aircraft, according to a man on the scene who said he was the pilot’s son.

As he descended, the second engine onboard the aircraft failed, the man said. That’s when the aircraft slammed into a tree before hitting the ground.

The pilot suffered a bump to his head but was able to walk away from the incident, his son said.

Meanwhile, crews were called about another aircraft that was allegedly having trouble in the skies over Montgomery County.

Dispatchers reported receiving multiple calls early Sunday afternoon about smoke coming from an aircraft flying in the area of Trero Lane outside of Willis.

DPS officials later confirmed there was no second aircraft down. Officials said they found a controlled burn near the airport.


  1. Sixteen local flights since August 31. Training/time building?

    Accident flight:

    Two longer duration local flights:

  2. Fueled with JetA or no fuel? Dual engine failure is EXTREMELY rare.

    1. The aircraft was flying locally as it had on previous days, up for forty minutes on the accident day. ADS-B data timing shows the aircraft took back off five minutes after a mid-flight landing at 60R, not enough ground time for a fuel stop to have been performed there.

      Relying on inaccurate tank gauges with partially flown-off tanks at the beginning is likely to be the problem. Flying forty minutes on a Jet-A misfuel is too long.