An instructor and student were uninjured after they had to make an emergency landing on Monday afternoon on the Bolivar Peninsula. However, their aircraft sustained significant damage.
According to Galveston County Emergency Services District #2 District Manager Doug Saunders, it happened at Crystal Beach after the two landed at a nearby 1,800 foot grass strip, which is popular with pilots because it’s next to the Tiki Beach Bar.
After having lunch, Saunders said they departed to go back to the Houston area, and then lost power. The unidentified pilot landed on grass next to Highway 87 and the leading edge of the port wing collided with the utility pole. The nose gear also collapsed, resulting in a ground strike by the propeller.
The 1974 Piper PA-28 Cherokee is registered to American Aircraft Management LLC out of Irving, Texas.