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Small Plane Stops at Eatonville Front Door
Pilot and Passenger Reportedly not Seriously Injured - Plane Totaled, Minor House Damage

     May 30, 2013 - 9:30 p.m. - by Bob Walter: A small plane, Cessna 172,  crash-landed at the north end of the Eatonville's Swanson Field this afternoon at about 5:30 p.m. The cause of the crash was not known at the time of this report. The two men aboard were apparently not seriously injured.
     The plane ended up virtually at the front door of the Burlingame residence next to the airport.  No one home at the time. Mrs. Burlingame arrived home later to find police and fire responders, and a crumpled, red and white airplane sitting on the front walk.
     News helicopters were circling above the crash site not too long after the accident. Reporters from KIRO-7 TV had also arrived by about 7:30 p.m. to cover the story.
     Eatonville Police officers will remain on the scene overnight to guard it, until officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board arrive in the morning to investigate.
    The Eatonville Town Council recently authorized a two-part survey of the north end of the airport, where tonight’s crash occurred. At its regular meeting of March 11, the council unanimously passed Resolution 2013-O to authorize professional survey services related to tree heights and safety in the “critical zone” for air traffic using the airport. Then at its March 25 meeting the council passed Resolution 2013-T (again unanimously) for a second phase of surveying work of the same area.




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