Drug Plane Skids Off
Runway Pilots Whereabouts Unknown
By Mike Mitchell
November 22, 2011 - On Monday around 7:15 PM a twin
engine 1968 Beechcraft 60 aircraft, N523AA, made a hard
landing, the nose gear collapsed and the aircraft
skidded off the runway into the grass at Houston
Executive Airport. Airport employees ran over to the
accident site to see if anyone was injured but the
occupants and the pilot had fled into the woods.
When Waller County Sheriff's Department deputies and
airport authorities arrived at the accident site they
found large bags marijuana inside and outside the
aircraft. Authorities are estimating the aircraft was
caring over 125 pounds marijuana .
Houston Executive Airport is a private public use
airport located in Brookshire about 30 miles from
downtown Houston. The airport does not have a control
tower (non-controlled airport) and pilots are requested
to contact the Unicom frequency for takeoffs and
landings. The pilot made an unannounced landing by
failing to contact the Unicom frequency to make his
authorities used night vision goggles but had no luck in
locating the pilot. Witnesses reported they saw shadows of a
person or people running from the aircraft. Officials are
puzzled how the pilot could have gotten away since the airport
is surrounded by a 10 foot chain link fence with three layers of
Authorities reported the aircraft was not reported stolen, the
owner of the aircraft had passed away, the aircraft was
auctioned off six months ago and the new owner failed to
re-register the aircraft. Authorities have in their possession a
cell phone and iPad that were left behind and have dusted the
aircraft for fingerprints.
John Kremmer, Chief Deputy of Waller County Sheriff's Department
stated, "We were assisted by HPD, DPS and even HPD Fox Unit
assisted us using their night vision in an attempt to locate the
individuals, but no sign of them."
Kremmer further stated "They had a few minutes head start
and with cell phones these days, they could have called someone
to come pick them up." The FBI, NTSB, FAA and Waller County
Sheriff's Department will be investigating this incident.
Kremmer further stated "They had a few minutes head start and with cell phones these days, they could have called someone to come pick them up." The FBI, NTSB, FAA and Waller County Sheriff's Department will be investigating this incident.
Houston Executive Airport executive director, Andrew Perry said there were no signs that the fence had been tampered with. “This is the first time anything like this has happened. It would take some effort to get over the fence.” Perry further stated that the airport was reopened within two hours and there was no serious damage to the runway or any other facilities.
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