A single-propeller, two-seater airplane made a rough landing in a private airfield off FM 834 E in Hardin Wednesday morning. The pilot, Bernard Russell Ortman, 63, of Deer Park, was uninjured.
According to Trooper Nathaniel Godfrey, the pilot was traveling north when he clipped the power line and landed the plane without further incident. The airfield reportedly belongs to a friend of the pilot.
By the time first responders arrived, the plane had already been removed from the airfield. FM 834 E was blocked by state troopers and firefighters until the utility company removed the powerline from the roadway.
The accident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
“The FAA is going to send an agent to check out the plane before it can be flown again,” Godfrey added.