Friday, October 16, 2020

Cessna 152, N6585L: Accident occurred October 15, 2020 near Pierce County Airport (KPLU), Puyallup, Washington

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a parking lot and struck a vehicle. 

Date: 15-OCT-20
Time: 23:10:00Z
Regis#: N6585L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 152
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

PUYALLUP, Washington — The pilot of a small plane crashed Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of a Pierce County strip shopping center, prompting authorities to close nearby roads while they responded to the incident.

The 53-year-old male pilot was flying alone in a Cessna 152. Authorities said the pilot was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries after the crash, which occurred shortly after 4 p.m.

The plane apparently lost power shortly after taking off from the Pierce County Airport, also known as Thun Field.

The plane came to rest on it roof on top of a Volkswagen that was parked at the strip shopping center, located at 10408 156th St E in Puyallup. Party City is one of the businesses in the center.

No other injuries have been reported so far but motorists were urged to avoid the area.

Video from Air 4 showed a large section of the parking lot cordoned off by yellow crime scene tape. Firefighters were seen inspecting the downed aircraft after they responded to the scene.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office was investigating the crash and officials from the National Transportation Safety Board were said to be en route to the scene.

It was not immediately clear what caused the plane to crash.


  1. Another horrific crash with minor injuries. Amazing and thankful.

  2. I could not wrap my head around how this crash impact happened with that Passat being relatively undamaged with the bird's broken back over it upside down. I had to go to the news link and hit the photos to see what happened. Photos 3 & 5 detail it with the impact marks in the parking lot spray painted by first responders. It appears the impact was a steep nose down which killed off most of the forward velocity and that energy loss translated to a nose-over and relatively soft impact into the car. Note the car's windshield, rear, and visible non-impact left side door glass aren't even shattered.

  3. From the article on N4673R:

    "A pilot survived the crash of his newly purchased small plane in a South Hill parking lot Thursday afternoon. The plane flipped upside down and struck an unoccupied vehicle."

    This could explain why the Cessna shows de-registered?

  4. impact moved the VW, limited spill, wing tanks intact. Wonder if a 3-point harnesses was in use?

  5. and the prop does not appear bent in photo 1.

  6. And to think he just missed the "Target" (store)

  7. Well, he made it to Party City, so let the party begin!
    I thought it was humorous that the article mentioned that Party City was one of the businesses found in the strip mall. Pertinent piece of crash info!

  8. What in the world is that stuff on the leading edge of wings and under wing strut? Old paint or dirt and grime?

  9. That plane just sold at auction for about $5000, if my memory is correct. The photos at Murphy Auction showed a real dog. It looked like it had been on the ramp for years; mold, mildew, faded paint, and NO log books. I'm amazed someone would try to fly that thing without major work first.