Saturday, May 07, 2022

Cessna 421C Golden Eagle, XB-FQS: Accident occurred May 06, 2022 near Houston William P. Hobby Airport (KHOU), Houston, 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: Houston, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA190
Date and Time: May 6, 2022, 14:28 Local
Registration: XB-FQS
Aircraft: Cessna 421 
Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: XB-FQS
Model/Series: 421C 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
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: HOU, 46 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 2.25 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3700 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / 0 knots,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Houston, TX (HOU)
Destination: San Antonio, TX (SAT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.609208,-95.2648 

HOUSTON, Texas – Four people safely escaped an airplane that crashed during an emergency landing near Hobby Airport Friday afternoon, according to the Houston Fire Department.

SKY 2 was over the crash moments after it occurred, which showed parts of the Cessna 421C Golden Eagle in flames.

The crashed aircraft was found in the 8600 block of Heathglen Lane near Monroe Road and Fuqua, just feet away from Dobie 9th Grade Center.

It reportedly took off from the airport at 2:45 p.m. and was headed to San Antonio International Airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration. The tail number is XB-FQS and is registered in Mexico.

It appears the plane crashed directly behind residents’ homes, even slamming into someone’s backyard fence.

Officials say the plane landed on a power distribution block, which caused the neighborhood to not have power. Crews worked Friday night to shift the plane just enough to restore the power for those residents. They plan to move the plane entirely on Saturday.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates.

No other flights going out or coming to Hobby were impacted, and terminals operated as usual.

The passengers and pilot of the aircraft have not been identified.


  1. Crash site was approx. 3 miles South of Hobby Airport. The pilot did a great job of maintaining airspeed while communicating and trying to find an open space to put her down. Landed on school grounds well away from any buildings

    Pilot reported problems with his engines. Reviewing photos and videos on local TV sites it’s evident that both props were NOT feathered. Max altitude was reported as 380’. Probably didn’t have time to do much more in the two minutes they were airborne.

    Everyone walked away with only some bumps and bruises.

    Wondering if this will end up being another fueled with jet fuel accident?

  2. You've got my bet. CNN reported that the homeowner said "the turbine engine hit my hot tub". I'm guessing the aircraft owner never removed that "Turbine" marketing script from the nacelle despite the repeated miss-fuelings it has caused for forty years.

    1. I know this has been said a million times and there are a million reasons why people don't wait around but I'll never understand why it so hard for some pilots to be present when their aircraft is being fueled.

      If you can't be present the whole time at least be present when the fuel truck pulls up to confirm they're going to load the correct fuel and don't leave until they start filling the tank.

    2. Many reasons - first, even in May, it's hotter than heck in Houston. Also, fuel trucks don't often come when you snap your fingers, particularly at larger airports. Flying from the US to Mexico requires a bit of planning and paperwork, and the pilot(s) might have been working on that.

  3. I’ve owned & flown my 421 for 46 years, inspected hundreds of 421s and have never seen a “Turbine marketing script” on any one of them. I’m wondering if the poster meant “Turbo”, but even then I haven’t seen that on any 421s. . There have been a number of high profile mis-fuelings in 421 aircraft perhaps due to their size. Sure looks like double engine failure due to prop states. Will be interested in the findings. Great job of this pilot getting on the ground with survivors!