On November 3, 1998, at 0930 central standard time, a Cessna 152 airplane, N46887, was substantially damaged following a loss of control during takeoff roll from the David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, near Tomball, Texas. The solo student pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by AB Aviation Inc., of Tomball, Texas, under Title 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the instructional flight for which a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from the Hooks Airport approximately 30 minutes prior to the accident. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
In a written statement submitted by the student's flight instructor, the flight instructor reported that the morning training flight was initiated with 5 uneventful dual touch and go landings. The airplane was taxied back to the ramp, and after the proper endorsements by the flight instructor, the student was cleared for his first solo flight. The flight instructor further stated that "the student's first solo takeoff, pattern and landing were normal."
According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident site, the 22 hour student pilot lost control of the airplane after applying takeoff power during the takeoff roll from runway 17R. Personnel in the control tower observed the airplane depart the left side of the runway into muddy ground adjacent to the edge of the runway and "flip over."
Examination of the wreckage by the FAA inspector revealed that the vertical stabilizer was crushed and the fuselage sustained structural damage aft of the baggage compartment. The inspector confirmed that the ground beyond the edges of the runway was muddy with standing water in several spots; however, there was no standing water on the runway. The winds at the time of the accident were reported as variable at 3 knots.