Pilot airlifted with life-threatening injuries following plane crash at Crest Airpark near Covington
April 8, 2012 · 1:56 PM
Mountain View Fire & Rescue/Black Diamond Fire Dpartment responded to a plane crash in Crest Airpark Saturday, March 7.
When units arrived on scene they found a small plane upside-down in front of a house with the pilot still inside. Firefighters removed the pilot and he was transported with life-threatening injuries to the local trauma center via Airlift Northwest.
An eyewitness reported that he saw the plane sideways in the air and it banked hard behind some trees and homes before he lost sight of the plane. He immediately went to the scene where two other Crest Airpark residents were assisting with the accident. The three men turned off the master switch to the plane to shut off the plane, they shut off the fuel, and helped stabilize the pilot’s head and neck until emergency crews showed up on scene.
The plane landed upside-down inbetween some trees about fifteen yards in front of a home. The plane avoided hitting any homes, cars, or people in the crash. The only significant damage to the homeowner’s property was to a few trees in the front yard. The plane did have substantial damage because of the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) arrived on scene to start the investigation and moved the plane into a local hanger for further investigation.