MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – An aircraft crashed Sunday, killing two people in a residential neighborhood in Montgomery County, according to authorities.
The victims have been identified as pilot Nidal Aoki, 41, of Porter, Texas and passenger Karthik Balakrishnan, 46 of Pearland.
The crash occurred near the intersection of Elm Street and Linnwood Drive, southwest of Patton Village. The plane is described as a fixed-wing single-engine aircraft.
“When I heard the news, I couldn’t hold myself sitting at home,” local resident Ahmad Siddiqi said.
Siddiqi said the fatal crash left him heartbroken. He said he knew the pilot.
“He was a very good pilot and I have flown with him. He would take me to Galveston, Beaumont and different other places too,” he said.
Siddiqi, a priest at the Kingwood Islamic Center, says the pilot would come there all the time.
“He would come to the mosque every morning and he would pray,” he said.