Friday, July 28, 2017

Cessna 172A, N7243T: Accident occurred July 27, 2017 near Enumclaw Airport (WA77), King County, Washington

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA169
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Enumclaw, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172A, registration: N7243T
Injuries: 2 Serious, 1 Minor.

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 July 27, 2017, about 2030 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172A, N7243T, collided with the airport perimeter fence during takeoff and subsequently impacted terrain near the Enumclaw Airport (WA77), Enumclaw, WA. The student pilot and the pilot rated passenger sustained serious injuries; another passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by the owner as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

A witness located at the airport reported that the pilot was conducting touch and go landings. During the last touch and go, the airplane touched down at the departure end of the runway. The pilot took off to the east and the nose landing gear contacted a barbed wire fence. About 200 feet of the wire separated from the fence; a large part of the fence was twined around the airplane, with some parts located in the nearby trees. Another witness stated the airplane flew from west to east at a treetop level. It executed a slow left turn followed by an immediate right turn back towards the airport. The engine sounded as if it was developing full power. Moments later, the airplane impacted terrain.

On Thursday night, a plane flying in and out of the Enumclaw airport crash landed in the nearby Rainier Trails Park.

The Enumclaw Police Department started receiving calls about the crash around 8:56 p.m.

The plane, a single-engine Cessna 172, was nose down in the grass, just a few feet away from the playground at the park.

When first responders arrived, the pilot was pinned inside the aircraft and was extracted by the Enumclaw Fire Department.

According to EFD Fire Chief Randy Fehr, 32 firefighters and were on the scene, including crews from the Buckley City Fire Department, Mountain View Fire and Rescue, Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, King County Medic 1 and Maple Valley Life and Safety.

The other two passengers were treated at the scene.

According to a police press release, the pilot and one of the passengers were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

The third passenger was driven to Harborview with serious injuries.

It’s been reported on Friday, July 29, one man was upgraded to serious condition, and the woman to satisfactory condition.

There were no other injuries, as the playground was empty at the time of the crash.

That Friday morning, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were examining the crash.

Cari Enticknap, one of the many people in her neighborhood that heard the crash, said the pilot could have been practicing “touch and go’s” when he crashed.

“There was a lot of take off, land, take off, land, take off, land,” she said. “And then the awkward takeoff and the crash.”

It is not confirmed whether the plane was taking off or landing.

It does appear the pilot hit a barbed wire fence on the side of the road along 244th Avenue SE. This might have at least partially caused the crash, as barbed wire could be seen wrapped around the plane’s wings and tail.

Pieces of the fence could also be seen scattered near the entrance of the neighborhood.

Enticknap said on that last run, the pilot cleared their house by just about 10 or 15 feet before he turned around and crashed at the park.

“Our kids usually play football here in this field,” she said. “Last night thankfully none of them were out here.”

Other witnesses said it was unusual the pilot was taking off east, toward the neighborhood, as the vast majority of planes take off and land facing west.

ENUMCLAW, Wash. - One person remains in critical condition and another person is in serious condition after a small plane crashed into a park in Enumclaw Thursday night, nearly hitting a playground.

A third victim in the crash has been upgraded to satisfactory condition as of Friday morning, according to the nursing supervisor at Harborview Medical Center.

It was around 9 p.m. when the Cessna 172 crashed near the Enumclaw Airport just off of 244th Avenue Southeast.

One witness says he heard a loud thud and ran out of his house and saw the crash. Another says they ran out and tried to help the victims.

"We heard a sound, it wasn't followed by an explosion, but it was definitely a 'thud'-type sound," said Darren Rawie.

Two people were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in downtown Seattle, a spokesperson with the Enumclaw Fire Department says. The third person was taken to Harborview by ambulance.

There is no word yet what caused the plane to crash.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating. An FAA spokesperson told KOMO News the plane was not currently registered with the FAA, although it may have been in the process of being registered. They will determine for sure during the investigation.

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