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Pilot survives after small plane crash near Enumclaw

Crews respond to small plane crash near Enumclaw. (Photo courtesy Puget Sound Fire)  

ENUMCLAW, Wash. -- A pilot survived Sunday night after he crashed a small plane in the woods near Enumclaw, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office says the 50-year-old pilot lost control before he crashed. He then called dispatch saying he was trapped inside the plane. The first reports came in at 4 p.m, according to Puget Sound Fire.

A homeowner notified 911 after the plane crashed near his home in the woods. Firefighters went to an area approximately two miles off Veazie-Cumberland Road, east of Enumclaw. They found the plane in a wooded gully in several pieces.

The passenger compartment was intact, and firefighters freed the pilot, who was the only one in the plane. He was conscious and talking to rescuers.

He was taken to a hospital by ground after bad weather kept a helicopter from transporting him.

Several departments responded to this incident, including Enumclaw Fire, Buckley Fire, Maple Valley Fire, Black Diamond Fire, Puget Sound Fire, Medic One, and the King County Sheriff’s office.


Private Plane Crashes

Enumclaw, Wash – March 4, 2018 – An adult male survived after his single engine plane crashed near the 39200 block of Veazie-Cumberland Road.

The first reports of a possible plane in trouble or crash came in at 4:00 pm, but there was no exact location for emergency responders to go to. Watching for a sign of the plane or of a crash, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies staged apparatus appropriately and sent several units to scout for signs of the incident.

A home owner was the one to notify 911 after the plane crashed near his home in a wooded area. Firefighters quickly responded to the area, approximately two miles off Veazie-Cumberland Road, east of Enumclaw. There they found the plan in a wooded gully in several pieces. Fortunately, the passenger compartment was largely intact and firefighters were able to extricate the pilot, who was the only one in the plane.

The patient was assessed and then brought up the embankment to a waiting King County Medic One unit. Emergency responders were planning on using Airlift Northwest to fly the patient to the hospital due to the relatively remote location, but bad weather prevented that. The patient was ground transported by medics instead.

The pilot was fully conscious and talking to rescuers as he was removed from the plane.

The scene has been turned over to the King County Sheriff’s office until the FAA and NTSB arrive to begin their investigation.

Several departments responded to this incident, including Enumclaw Fire, Buckley Fire, Maple Valley Fire, Black Diamond Fire, Puget Sound Fire, Medic One, and the King County Sheriff’s office.

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