Talk about a hazard: Plane lands on Hermann Park golf course
Pilot Brendon Ford was flying over Houston, headed to Columbus, Texas from Lafayette, La., when the single-engine of his Cessna 170 plane began to sputter.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Ford said the plane ran out of fuel though his gauges had showed him having an hour-and-a-half supply of fuel remaining. He notified Air Traffic Control and headed for Hobby airport as the engine cut on and off, finally cutting out for good just a few miles short of his destination. Coasting from 2,000 feet in the air, Ford maneuvered and landed the plane on the 11th fairway of the Hermann Park Golf Course at about 6:15 p.m. on Monday.
"I was watching out. I saw two fairways that were appropriate and there was only one guy on this one. I went over the top of him and landed here," Ford told KPRC. "Initially, I saw a football field that looked good and then when I banked, I managed to pick up some fuel with the fuel pumps on and started heading towards Hobby (Airport) and climbing. Then they finally quit and this looked like the place to go."
Golfer Craig Hannah was the only person on the fairway, ducking for cover in the trees when he heard the plane approach, and, according to Ford, finishing the hole once the plane had come to a stop. Luckily no one was hurt in the incident.
As of today, the plane is still on the golf course, where National Transportation Safety Board reps are investigating the incident.