Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2001 Issue

April 06, Pearland, Texas / Piper Pawnee

At 19:53 central time, a Piper PA-25-235 struck trees in a residential area during a forced landing following a loss of engine power at Clover Field. The pilot was not injured. The pilot told investigators he returned to Clover Field after a banner-towing flight over downtown Houston but had trouble releasing the banner in the grass between the runways. He said he dragged the banner on the ground and it eventually released, but he was then too close to the end of the runway to stop, so he performed a go-around. During the go-around the airplane ran out of fuel....

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