Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Beech E17L Staggerwing N41663: Accident occurred January 24, 2017 in Discover Bay near Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Washington


FAA Flight Standards District Office: Seattle


Date: 24-JAN-17
Time: 22:34:00Z
Regis#: N41663
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: E17L
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

DISCOVERY BAY, Wash. -  A pilot was rescued from the water after a small plane went down in Discovery Bay near Port Townsend Tuesday afternoon.

Officials received several 911 calls about the plane crash around 2:30 p.m., said East Jefferson Fire spokesperson Bill Beezley. Witnesses reported the plane went down about 20 yards off the shore. Aerial video of the crash showed the plane nose down in the water with the tail sticking out.

People on a nearby clamming boat saw the plane and helped rescue the pilot, who was uninjured. People on the plane were in the process of towing the small plane to shore.

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DISCOVERY BAY — A Port Ludlow man emerged apparently unscathed from a small plane crash in Discovery Bay on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Dow was flying the plane with no passengers aboard, according to the Coast Guard.

Dow refused aid by East Jefferson Fire-Rescue personnel, according to Bill Beezley, public information officer for East Jefferson Fire-Rescue.

Several callers reported a small red plane down in Discovery Bay just after 2:30 p.m., Beezley said.

The plane was floating roughly 200 feet offshore just down from milepost 2.5 on state Highway 20.

The first to respond to the wreck was a commercial shellfish vessel, which rescued Dow, who was able to extract himself from the wreck, Beezley said.

The commercial vessel, which was more of a raft, towed the partially submerged plane to shallower waters, Beezley said.

The plane was a Beech E-17L, a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft currently registered in Port Hadlock, Beezley said.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, he said.

East Jefferson Fire-Rescue responded with two ambulances, a fire engine and a rescue boat. The Coast Guard also responded by boat, and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies were on the scene with one vehicle.

Source:  http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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