Sunday, October 31, 2021

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7796P: Incident occurred October 30, 2021 at Houston Executive Airport (KTME), Waller County, Texas

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

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 30-OCT-21
Time: 21:58:00Z
Regis#: N7796P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

WALLER COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A small plane skidded onto an airport runway west of Houston Saturday, and the pilot was able to walk away, authorities said.

Emergency crews were dispatched to an initial report of the plane crashing around 5 p.m. at Houston Executive Airport near Brookshire.

The aircraft attempting a landing at the facility when the landing gear failed.

The pilot was the only person on board the four-seater aircraft and was not injured, according to Texas Dept. of Public Safety Sgt. Stephen Woodard.

The crash was the second aviation incident in the Houston area on Saturday, and the second incident to happen at the airport this month.

Earlier in the day near La Porte, a small single-engine airplane had to make an emergency landing after a mechanical failure.

The aircraft struck utility lines as it landed.

The FAA and Texas DPS were investigating, and the pilot involved was not hurt.

A plane with 21 people attempting takeoff on October 19 crashed just beyond the Houston Executive Airport's fence line.

All of the occupants were able to escape the aircraft. The plane was destroyed by fire after the crash. The NTSB continues to investigate the cause.


  1. "A/W Date 04/04/1962" @ registry.
    Piper of Lock Haven, PA introduced their '250' in 1958. The Piper Aviation Museum, located One Piper Way Lock Haven, PA 17745 right off I-80, is open to visitors Wed-Sun. @

    1. This made me remember the 250 I had some time in back in the '80s, N7691P, which is 95 n-numbers away from the accident airplane. Their serial numbers are 113 apart. Presumably Piper had a block of n-numbers to assign to new airplanes. There's no A/W date in the registry for the one I flew but they must have been mfg'd within weeks of each other.

  2. Do you know what number exit? Sounds like a great place to visit.

    1. Get off 80 at exit 178, take SR-220 to exit 111, go west on 120, turn right on 150/Bald Eagle and follow the signs if you don't have phone/nav handy. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

  3. A bad month for Houston Executive...... but the good news is everyone is alive to tell about their respective mishaps.