Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Piper PA-32RT-300, N528CW: Incident occurred December 27, 2022 near Easterwood Field Airport (KCLL), College Station, Brazos County, Texas

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

Aircraft landed in a field due to engine failure. 

Date: 27-DEC-22
Time: 19:55:00Z
Regis#: N528CW
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32RT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax:  0 
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - The pilot of a small aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon in a field near the Texas A&M University Health Science Center.

The Health Science Center is located along Highway 47 near Easterwood Airport in College Station.

The plane landed in a field west of the facility between Jones Road and Highway 47.

No injuries are reported.

Zachary Huff was working in the field herding cattle at the time of the landing and said the plane was quiet when it was coming down.

“I just happened to look over and see him coming. That’s the only way we saw it,” Huff said. “It never made a sound. Even when he landed.”

Huff was the first to make contact with the pilot immediately after the landing.

“We rode over there to him and he was shaking like a leaf, white as a ghost when we got to him.”

“He got out saying he was fine. He just lost power,” Huff said.

According to flight records, the Piper PA-32RT-300 departed Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and was scheduled to land at Easterwood Airport in College Station. The plane belongs to Borrel Rene Jean Luc from Marksville, Louisiana.


  1. In the reporting of an aviation incident, it is rare that a non-pilot witness makes an accurate observation, but this case was a refreshing exception:
    "...he was shaking like a leaf, white as a ghost when we got to him.”
    Very glad to know that this Bonanza pilot made a safe emergency landing!

  2. Make that a naturally-aspirated Lance II pilot.

  3. I was the pilot, it’s PA32RT lance. Not sure what happened but suspect fuel contamination.

  4. As an owner of a PA32RT i am glad u are safe. good emergency landing