News Plane Crashes — 03 April 2017

(OLYMPIA, WA.) – Two people were rescued from a downed aircraft that crashed in the snow Sunday evening in Olympic National Park.

The park is located in the northwest corner of the state near Port Angeles.

The plane went down near 3,950 Mt. Jupiter located west of Brinnon, WA inside the Park. The two people in the plane, the pilot and a passenger were airlifted for medical treatment, according to a statement from the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT).

“The Cirrus SR22 aircraft went down in the snow covered wilderness and search and rescue officials were alerted at 3:48 p.m. Sunday, April 2, when the plane’s Emergency Locator Transmitter activated,” said the WSDOT statement.

The signal was detected by satellites and the distress message was forwarded to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tydall Air Force Base in Florida, who alerted the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The occupants of the aircraft were also able to alert over-flying commercial aircraft on the emergency frequency.

The WSDOT says Search and Rescue personnel from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island were able to locate the wreckage with the help of a search aircraft from Washington Air Search and Rescue, who tracked the distress beacon’s signal.

The Navy crew then lowered rescuers to the ground to locate, access and hoist the downed flyers up and onto the rescue helicopter and transport them to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Exact details about their injuries are not available Sunday night, but they were described as minor and not believed to be life threatening.

“At this time we still do not have the names of the pilot and passenger or know what the purpose of the flight,” said the WSDOT statement.”The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are already mobilized and will begin their investigation to try and determine what caused the plane to go down.”

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