Sunday, October 18, 2020

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N4673R: Accident occurred October 17, 2020 in Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington

A plane crashed Saturday evening in the 18700 block of East 187th St. in Puyallup. The Graham Fire and Rescue firefighters and paramedics arrived on the scene. Three people were onboard when the plane lost power and crashed into a parking lot, according to Graham Fire & Rescue. All three were able to walk away without injuries.

The pilot initially flying the plane was a student pilot, according to Graham Fire spokesperson Steve Richards. When the plane lost power, the flight instructor pilot immediately took over control of the plane. The third passenger was in the back seat. The pilot was unable to re-start the engine after the plane lost power.

Richards said the pilot was aware of the houses in the area and looked for a clearing to try to land the plane. He tried to land the plane in an open field. They touched down in the field, came across the street and came to rest in a church parking lot, without hitting any cars along the way.

Somehow, this was the second plane crash in the area just this week. 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.

Richards, who has been in the area for some time, said he’s actually seen something like this in the past.


  1. Second accident within a week in same area? Bad fuel?

  2. Yeah that is most unusual but I doubt bad fuel. There are dozens of departures out of there (PLU) daily according to Flightaware and many are for the flight school based there as this one was.

  3. First crash was a de-registered C152 that was a newly purchased ramp queen trying to fly out of Thun to Auburn, a quick flight. It was in poor shape and neglected. This one is a different case and you probably can't compare the two other than this is really poor timing for public relations next to the airport, which is being surrounded by new subdivisions.