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Two Survive Plane Crash in Katy-Area Neighborhood


July 28, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark

A pilot and a passenger both survived an early morning plane crash in a Bear Creek neighborhood. The plane fell from 7,000 feet and hit a tree before crash landing in front of a house.

Photo credit: Cy Fair Fire Department

Pilot, Passenger Survive Crash

Around 2 a.m. this morning, a small plane, a single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee,

carrying two people, crashed into the front yard of a home at 15700 Boulder Oaks Drive in the Bear Creek Village subdivision.

Near Katy Schools

Although the physical address is Houston, the crash site is near Bear Creek Elementary, and families in the neighborhood are zoned to Katy ISD schools.

Samantha Aaron lives a few streets away from where the planed crashed.

“I was up already feeding my 9-month-old and I heard a whirling sound and a whole bunch of crash and snapping sounds,” says Samantha Aaron. “My husband was in the Marine Corp and has described what a bomb being dropped sounds like and that’s what I imagined it would sound like to me.”

The pilot, a 40-year-old male, had to be broken out of the wreckage. He was reported to have serious injuries but would survive. Both he and the 33-year-old passenger, who also sustained injuries, were sent to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center for treatment.

According to records, the plane is registered to a flight school at Sugar Land Airport. The plane was flying from Tyler to Sugar Land. The plane was over West Harris County when the pilot radioed in “Mayday” as the plane lost power at 7,000 feet.

The sound shook the neighborhood. "It was very scary," says Aaron. "I'm very glad they both survived."

The crash is under investigation.


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