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November 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM

2 slightly hurt in plane accident at Boeing Field

Firefighters at King County International Airport/Boeing Field look over the wreckage of an aircraft that crashed into another near the main passenger terminal Wednesday. (Photo by Dean Rutz/ The Seattle Times)

A light plane had just lifted off from Boeing Field Wednesday evening when it veered to the right and crashed, striking a parked aircraft, according to  Rochelle Ogershok, spokesperson for King County International Airport / Boeing Field.

After the 7:30 p.m. accident, there was a fire involving both planes, and that prompted a response from the airport rescue firefighting unit. The fire was quickly put out, Ogershok said.

“We believe there were two people on board the aircraft taking off, and we do believe there were injuries, but at this point they do not appear to be life threatening,” she said.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore told KING TV that a man in his early 20s, a student pilot, and a female in her early 30s, a flight instructor, appeared to have sustained very minor injuries and were taken to Harborview Medical Center as a precaution.

There was nobody aboard the parked plane on the ground, Ogershok said.

Ogershok told The Associated Press that the parked plane apparently belonged to Airpac, an air cargo operator. A call to Airpac’s answering service was not immediately returned.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have both been notified and will be investigating, Ogershok said.

Because of the accident, the short runway at Boeing Field is closed. The main runway remains open.

 

 

 

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