Houston: Small plane crashes in yard

All four people on board the plane escaped unharmed, although it burst into flames

All four people on board the plane escaped unharmed, although it burst into flames (Images: KHOU)

A light aircraft crashed into a backyard in Houston, Texas, on Friday afternoon and burst into flames.

‘We will not make it!’ The pilot could be heard telling the Air Traffic Control Tower.

The Cessna 421C Golden Eagle departed Hobby Airport at around 2:15 p.m., but minutes later the pilot called and said they were having “problems with our engine,” according to KHOU.

Also, the pilot said they had to “return to the airport as soon as possible.”

The plane missed two houses and damaged a fence and gazebo when it hit a backyard.

All four occupants escaped unharmed, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Images of the scene showed scorched earth where the plane was crushed. The white exterior was blackened from a fire at the aircraft’s tail. Plumes of smoke rose into the air.

“We can confirm that a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle made an emergency landing near Monroe Road and Fuqua Road,” Hobby Airport tweeted.

A homeowner was seen using a garden hose to try to put out the fire on the pavilion until firefighters arrived, the TV station reported.

The crash occurred at the 8600 block of Heathglen Lane near Dobie High School in Houston, just as students were about to be released. The students were released late and no one was injured.

Federal investigators are investigating the incident.

The plane crash did not disrupt Hobby Airport’s flight schedule.

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Justin Scacco

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