Friday, June 11, 2021

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N513WF: Incident occurred June 10, 2021 in Yelm, Thurston County, Washington

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

Aircraft lost power and landed in a pasture.  

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Date: 11-JUN-21
Time: 03:30:00Z
Regis#: N513WF
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: YELM

The pilot of a single-engine plane made a hard landing on a pasture outside Yelm Thursday evening.

The plane carrying a married couple completely lost power around 8:45 p.m. as it flew east just south of Olympia, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing, said Captain Brian Richardson with the Southeast Thurston Fire Authority.

Richardson said the pilot identified a cow pasture as suitably flat area for the landing, but it turned out to be bumpier than he imagined. When the plane touched down, it bounced and spun a bit before coming to a stop, he said.

Despite the rough landing, the married couple that occupied the plane did not suffer any injuries, Richardson said. He added there was minimal damage to the plane.

“I’m not an aviation expert, but from the fire department’s perspective, they did an excellent job avoiding major damage and injury,” Richardson said.

Firefighters and Sheriff deputies responded to the site of the landing at the very end of 128th Ave. Southeast off Bald Hills Road, Richardson said. They evaluated the couple before releasing them, he said.

Richardson said he did not have information on the couple’s identity or origin.

Lt. Cameron Simper with the Sheriff’s Office confirmed deputies assisted the fire department but added they are not investigating the incident. He said the case has been referred to the Federal Aviation Administration.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like the crash site was surrounded by several airstrips, not sure why they picked a field