Early Sunday morning a student pilot and his instructor spotted a downed aircraft south east of the Navasota Municipal Airport. Grimes County Sheriff’s Office, DPS and Navasota Fire Department were notified and responded. It was close to two hours before the actual crash site was located. PHI Air Medical out of Bryan assisted in spotting the exact location. The Cirrus SR-20 left David Wayne Hooks in Tomball just after 8am. The area of the crash was wooded, however within 100 yards of those woods were open pasture. The Cirrus aircraft is equipped with a parachute. The bag for the chute appears to be out but with the chute deployed. Is is to early to tell it the aircraft may have been to low for the chute to fully deploy. Officials say once it does deploy there is no control as to where it could land. There were two adults in the front and two girls in the back ages 5 to 12. The FAA is on the scene and will return in the morning along with the NTSB.
The aircraft is registered to Air Akhtar Heating and Air Conditioning on Vintage Drive in Spring. The victims have not yet been identified. It is believed the pilot is an instructor from Montgomery County.