By Meagan Ellsworth
A pilot from Anahuac survived the second helicopter crash of his life Saturday afternoon, this time in New Caney.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reported the helicopter crash just after 2 p.m in a parking lot near FM 494 and Antique Lane.
“It is a small, private helicopter, and the pilot is okay,” MCSO stated.
The pilot, Danny Whitten, said in an interview with the Montgomery County Police Reporter, that he was on a return trip to Anahuac after flying to Cleveland. At about 1,500 feet, he said the engine began to malfunction, which forced him to make an emergency landing in front of Embrace Fellowship Church.
“I shot for the asphalt and I missed it,” Whitten said in the interview. “I pulled back on the stick to slow it down some and it dropped like a rock and crashed into the tree. But, I’m OK.”
The pilot said this is the second helicopter crash he has survived. The first crash was about 40 years ago when he was in a similar helicopter that he said also had an engine malfunction.