Saturday, April 07, 2012

Cessna 150H, N6616S: Accident occurred April 07, 2012 in Kent, Washington

 NTSB Identification: WPR12LA160 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 07, 2012 in Kent, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150H, registration: N6616S
Injuries: 1 Serious. 

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 7, 2012, about 1430 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 150H, N6616S, collided with trees and came to rest inverted in the front yard of a residence, about 100 yards west of Crest Airpark (S36), Kent, Washington. The private pilot operated the privately owned airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 91 as a personal flight. The pilot received serious injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight that departed Sanderson Field Airport (SHN) Shelton, Washington, at an undetermined time. A flight plan had not been filed.

COVINGTON, Wash. - A pilot is "banged up" but expected to survive after Saturday's small plane crash near Crest Airpark - and some of his rescuers say it's a miracle he wasn't killed.

Friends will not reveal the pilot's name, but the registered owner of the downed single-engine said the man is a buddy of his - and that he is going to be OK.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon in a neighborhood just outside the air park. The plane flipped over and hit the ground just 15 feet away from one home where a little boy was napping in his bedroom.

Witnesses say they're just grateful that the pilot is alive and that no one else was hurt.

The first neighbors to reach the crash site told KOMO News they weren't sure if the pilot had survived, at first.

"Just looking at the airplane when I came out, I thought, 'He's going to be really lucky if he's alive,'" says Rob Regan.

The crash happened in the front yard of Regan's home. Running out to the plane, Regan found the pilot still buckled in.

"We tried to ascertain if the pilot was alive. He appeared to be breathing labored," says Regan.

He and others who were first on the scene carefully released the harness, and stabilized the man until paramedics arrived.

Regan also fly planes - and he thinks the only reason this pilot wasn't crushed is the lucky position of the Cessna when it came to rest.

"Where his head was in the aircraft, it was over the bottom of the ditch, and it actually saved him," says Regan.

A pocket in the ground where it was needed - so he was just literally saved by the ditch.

Some who saw it, including Regan's mother visiting from England, thought the same thing.

"I think it was a miracle," she says.

Regan suspects strong winds just above the tall trees may have surprised the pilot while he was taking off or maybe practicing a touch-and-go landing.

"He could have crashed into the house, or crashed into the trees, or hit the concrete," says Regan. "So there a lot of places he could have gone. He was really lucky ending up where he did."

The wrecked plane will be stored in a secure place in Auburn, where investigators can go over it to figure out what caused the crash.





COVINGTON, Wash. — A pilot was critically injured Saturday afternoon after a small plane crashed in a neighborhood near Covington, according to Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.

 Officials said the plane was found upside down between two houses near Crest Airpark.

 According to officials, the plane had engine failure after takeoff, and the plane crashed after the pilot had to turn around.

As of late Saturday evening, the pilot was being treated for serious injuries at Harborview Medical Center. Chief John Herbert of King County Medic One said the pilot suffered a head injury.

 Witnesses told KIRO 7 the plane was trying to land at Crest Airpark, but lost control as the plane rolled and took a sharp turn away from the runway.

Rob Regan, who lives across the street from the scene, did not see the crash but heard what happened.

 “Heard a big crash and a thump, and it hit the ground,” Regan said.

 “I came out of the garage and there was an airplane in my front yard.”

Regan’s stepson described the sound as metal crunching, similar to a pop can. Residents in the neighborhood rushed to help the pilot after they saw what happened.

 Neighbors said the pilot was unconscious and they stayed with him until medics arrived.

Tim Perciful of the King County Fire District No. 44 told KIRO 7 that neighbors were helpful at the scene.

 “They actually shut off the engine, the master switch and the fuel line,” Perciful said.

 “It’s really lucky the pilot survived this one.”

No injuries on the ground were reported at the time of the incident.

 Investigators are not revealing the identity of the pilot involved in the crash. The plane wreckage was taken to a nearby hangar, where it will be stored during the investigation by the feds and the insurance company.

COVINGTON, Wash. - A small plane crashed Saturday afternoon near Crest Airpark outside Covington, critically injuring the one person aboard the aircraft, officials said.

Tim Perciful of Mountainview Fire & Rescue said the single-engine plane was coming in for a landing at the air strip at around 2:15 p.m. when it crashed and flipped over between two homes in the area, off 293rd Place.

The injured pilot was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The pilot's condition was not immediately available, but Perciful said the injuries were critical.

The plane did not catch fire, and no one was injured on the ground.

Witnesses said the plane was coming in for a landing at the Crest Airpark when it slowed and rolled to one side, its wing knifing into the ground before it flipped over and crashed.

Residents of the area immediately ran to the scene and shut off the plane's fuel lines to avoid the possibility of a fire.

FAA records show the plane is a single-engine Cessna 150H, manufactured in 1967. It is registered to a Shelton resident.

 KENT, Wash. – The pilot of a small plane was hurt when the aircraft crashed near Crest Airpark on Saturday.

Mountain View Fire & Rescue said the single-engine plane flipped over between two homes about a block away from the air strip.

Medics called for an airlift helicopter to transport the injured pilot to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  No one on the ground was hurt.

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