Pilot injured in plane crash in Crest Airpark outside Covington

A pilot was critically injured when he crashed his small, single-engine airplane in a neighborhood near Crest Airpark outside Covington on Saturday afternoon, Mountain View Fire & Rescue reported.

First units on the scene found a small plane upside-down in front of a house with the pilot still inside. Firefighters extricated the pilot, and he was transported with life-threatening injuries to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center via Airlift Northwest, according to Tim Perciful of Mountain View Fire & Rescue

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, Perciful said.

The three men turned off the master switch to the plane. They shut off the fuel and helped stabilize the pilot's head and neck until emergency crews showed up on scene.

Perciful said the plane landed upside-down in-between some trees about 15 yards in front of a home. The plane avoided hitting any homes, cars or people. The only significant damage to the homeowner's property was to a few trees in the front yard.

The plane was substantial damaged, Perciful said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

The craft, a Cessna, built in 1967, was registered to a Shelton resident, according to FAA records.

King County Medic One and the King County Sheriff's Office also assisted.

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