Small plane crash crashes at Pearland Regional Airport; pilot airlifted to hospital

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by Leigh Frillici / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on April 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 22 at 6:21 PM

PEARLAND, Texas – Life Flight was called to the scene of a small plane crash in Brazoria County Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 3:45 p.m. at the Pearland Regional Airport, just south of Dixie Farm Road, near CR 127.

Pearland firefighters and EMS found the crash site on the northwest corner of the airport.

Police said there was only one person onboard the plane, the 55-year-old pilot.

Investigators believe he may have experienced power failure to his engine shortly after taking off.

The pilot tried to turn back around and get to a runway, but he didn’t quite make it. The plane clipped some trees in a wooded area just beyond the runway and slammed into a creek bed.

Paramedics said the pilot was conscious when they arrived, but he had suffered some head injuries.

He was airlifted to the hospital, but was expected to survive.

Investigators were waiting on the FAA to come out to the scene to determine exactly what happened.

The pilot’s identity was not released.

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