Grand Parkway near Cypress Rosehill is shut down in both directions after a small plane clipped an 18-wheeler while making an emergency landing, according to officials with Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash happened at around 11:30 a.m.
Officials said the plane possibly caught fire upon landing on the highway.
Both the pilot and the driver of the 18-wheeler did not suffer any major injuries. Officials said the pilot refused medical attention.
The FAA provided the following statement:
“The pilot of a single-engine Beech M35 reported engine problems and made an emergency landing on Highway 99 near Tomball, Texas around 11:30 a.m. local time Sunday, Jan. 22. The aircraft clipped a trailer, hit a concrete barrier and caught fire after landing. Only the pilot was on board.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide any updates.
· Contact local authorities for the name and medical condition of those on board.
· The FAA will post a preliminary accident/incident report here usually the next business day.
· After investigators verify the aircraft registration number (N-number), it can be searched here.”
Drivers are urged to seek an alternate route. Highway 99/Grand Parkway will remain closed for several hours as authorities investigate.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
@HCSOTexas Patrol Units are en route to a major incident at the Grand Parkway & Cypress Rosehill in North Harris County. Reports of a plane crash. Please avoid the area. Find alternate routes. Yield to emergency vehicles.— Tommy Diaz (@HCSOChiefTommyD) January 22, 2023