KATY/HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – Life began returning to normal Saturday night in Katy’s Nottingham Country subdivision when law enforcement reopened Houghton Road to traffic at about 6:30 p.m. The road had been closed most of the day after a single engine, single wing, Cessna 172 S aircraft crashed into a building at the Nottingham Country pool.
The pilot died but there were no other injuries. First responders say it could have been much worse given that the crash happened in a heavily populated neighborhood at a pool that was going to open just 30 minutes later.
The small building is just feet away from the community center and serves as a pool bathroom, storage and maintenance building. It’s located at the corner of Kingsland Boulevard and Houghton Road, just a block from South Fry Road.
“The single engine Cessna clipped at least one tree on the east side of Houghton and crashed into the parking lot and then the pool maintenance building of Mason Creek Community Center in the Nottingham Country subdivision,” said a statement from the Harris County Emergency Services District 48 Fire Department.
By 2 p.m. the Houston Fire Department’s Heavy Rescue Team was on the scene to help stabilize the building’s roof so that a more complete search could be conducted. Investigators eventually confirmed their speculation, that there was only one victim and he was the pilot of the plane, 69-year-old Noshir Medhora who had taken off from the West Houston Airport on Groeschke Road minutes before the crash. There were no other people in the aircraft.
The crash happened at 10:30 a.m. and it spread burning debris into the pool after the plane crashed through the maintenance building. The pool was closed but was scheduled to open at 11 a.m. No one was in the pool area but there was a small group inside the community center when the crash happened.
“There was a wedding party preparing the banquet hall for an event later in the day, there was no one in the pool area and no other injuries reported,” according to the HCESD 48 Fire Department.
By midday, the wedding party was looking for a new location for their reception as there was no parking for their event, and most of the building was made off limits by investigators. The plane crashed into the parking lot before striking the building. The parking lot had become part of the debris field and therefore it was closed until the investigation is completed.
Now the scene has been turned over to the FAA and NTSB. Their investigators will be on site for at least the next couple of days according the HCESD 48 Fire Department.
Numerous agencies responded to the crash to assist the HCESD 48 FD. On the scene were respresentatives of the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department, Harris County Fire Marshal, Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Houston Fire Department.
See scene photos below: