A Cessna 170 sat on hole 11 on the golf course after the pilot landed there at about 6:15 p.m. Monday.
Golfer Craig Hannah took cover in the trees.
He said, “The next thing you know, he’s about tree level. I don’t hear the plane, but he’s coming. (I) think, that plane’s not running … thinking something’s happening. I kind of moved out towards the trees. I got out of the way. By now, I can see the propeller’s not turning, and I’m like, ‘Oh, man!’ And he sat it down … right here in the fairway, No 11.”
“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,” pilot Brendon Ford said. “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.”
Ford was alone flying from Lafayette, La., to Columbus, Texas. He said the gauges showed he had enough fuel for another hour and a half.
Ford said he is not sure of how the plane will be moved from the park. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said they will be in the park Tuesday.