The student pilot, instructor, reportedly experienced mechanical problems prior to the crash at San Jacinto Co.

In San Jacinto County, Texas, authorities are investigating a minor plane crash in the Evergreen section, as said by the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office. Minor injuries were reported at the site of the incident, which occurred north of SH 150 W, the office added. The plane was reported to have crashed in an open field off FM 945, approximately three miles north of Highway 150, according to Texas DPS.

Preliminary information revealed that at 1:28 pm, a Piper aircraft left Conroe – North Houston Regional Airport. During the flight, a student pilot and an instructor experienced a mechanical problem. The instructor was able to steer the plane into an open field where they crash-landed. Joseph Blum, 69, of Montgomery, identified as the instructor, was airlifted to a Conroe hospital to receive medical attention. Also, Darlene Woelfel, 21, of Magnolia, identified as the student pilot, was taken to a Conroe hospital for treatment.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will conduct further investigations into the incident. The FAA released a brief statement saying that a twin-engine Piper PA-34 landed in a field northeast of Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport on Wednesday, May 3, at approximately 3:00 p.m. local time. There were two people on board, according to the FAA statement.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will carry out an investigation into the crash, with NTSB leading the investigation and providing any further updates, as stated in the FAA statement.

The crash has further caught the attention of aviation safety experts, and the investigation is expected to reveal vital information as to the circumstances that led to the crash. Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the situation and progress of the investigations.

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