PORTER, Texas—Court Koenning, the former executive director of the Harris County Republican Party, survived after crashing his small plane in a Montgomery County neighborhood Monday evening.
DPS troopers said Koenning was piloting a small plane around 10 p.m. when it nose-dived into a heavily residential area, clipped a tree and crashed less than 30 feet from a house on Oak Knoll at Old Houston Road.
Authorities said the plane was torn to pieces, but the 37-year-old pilot survived.
Neighbors rushed to the scene after hearing the loud crash and pulled Koenning from the wreckage.
He was transported to Memorial Hermann hospital in an unknown condition, but witnesses said he was able to speak.
The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.
Koenning was widely credited with achieving historic election victories and shattering previous fundraising totals when he was a part of the Harris County Republican Party.
He now owns Koenning Consulting, a full-service public relations and marketing consulting firm based in Houston.
Koenning is an avid flier with more than 15 years experience.