Monday, July 07, 2014

Accident occurred July 07, 2014 near Flying H Ranch Airport (WN42), in Buckley, Washington

The pilot was lucky, good, or both. He crashed and walked away with a few scrapes.

The man, 63, flew a small plane out from the Burnett airstrip and the town of Wilkeson, said sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. At about 6:30 p.m. Monday, firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a possible small plane crash in a forested area between Bonney Lake and Buckley. Initial reports described a plane circling a wooded area, followed by an explosion.

According to Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer, a neighbor heard the man’s cries for help and tracked him down in the woods using mobile phone coordinates. The man emerged from the crash unscathed, apart from a few scrapes, Troyer said. The steering brake in the ultralight aircraft malfunctioned, causinhg the pilot to lose control, Troyer added.

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Update: Pilot found by East Pierce firefighters. He was evaluated and was not injured. Airplane located and there was no fire hazard. The crew is now clearing the scene.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters are responding to multiple reports of a single engine, small plane crash in the area of 21600 block of Connells Prairie Road East between Bonney Lake and Buckley

Multiple witnesses saw a small plane circling followed by an explosion before it disappeared into a wooded area at about 6:30 p.m.

Crews are searching the woods between 224th Av E and Connells Prairie Road East.

Early report is pilot is OK and is making his way out of wooded area. Witnesses are reported to have talked to the man by phone and he stated he was not injured.

Firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue are making their way to the pilot. They will check on the pilot and confirm there is no fire at the crash site.

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies are also on scene.

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