Plane Stops at Eatonville Front Door
Passenger Reportedly not Seriously Injured - Plane Totaled, Minor
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.