Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2004 Issue

February 29, Angleton, Texas / Cessna 172

At approximately 0630, a Cessna 172K struck power lines and crashed near Brazoria County Airport. The airplane had been stolen by an unlicensed person who later admitted to authorities that he had been drinking heavily since the previous evening. An FAA inspector said 16 hangars were broken into and the accident airplane contained miscellaneous equipment from the hangars as well as several beer cans. Law enforcement authorities said the man had taxied another airplane around the airport for a while before parking it and getting into the 172. He said he taxied the 172 around for a while and then decided to “go for it” and took off....

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