Pilot Chris Hall crashed his Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 while attempting to land at the airport located in Brownwood, Texas. The owner of the Brownwood Flying Service, Paul Michaud, reported that Hall had business dealings within Brownwood and frequently flew in and out of the small airport to attend to them. Hall survived the crash with minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
According to Hall, the engine of the Bonanza stalled and could not be re-started when he was on runway approach, approximately 1,000 feet up. The small plane crashed and was completely destroyed, but Hall was conscious and able to not only escape the burning wreckage but call out to rescuers when they arrived on the scene.
The Beechcraft Bonanza is considered a reliable and safe plane design. It was originally introduced in 1947 and has been in continuous production longer than any other plane still flying today. The most famous crash involving a Bonanza is the February 1959 crash known as the “Day the Music Died” due to the deaths of music icons Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper in the crash.
Hall is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries, and the airport at Brownwood remains open.