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July 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Small plane crashes in Fall City this morning, killing pilot


King County sheriff’s deputies walk near the wreckage of a plane that crashed at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course this morning. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)



Update, 10:45 a.m.:

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said this morning that it could take up to 10 days before they release investigatory details into why a single-engine plane crashed into a Fall City golf course this morning.

Peter Knudson, NTSB spokesman, said an investigator from their Seattle-area office is responding to the crash site. He said the crash killed the pilot; there was no one else hurt.

“Our general aviation accidents take about a year [to investigate]. We’ll have a preliminary report out within 10 business days of the accident,” Knudson said this morning. “Right now their focus is documenting the scene. Looking for witnesses, seeing if communication occurred.”

Original post:

A light plane crashed near the ninth hole of the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course in Fall City.

The King County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot died. The pilot was the only person believed to be in the plane.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. DB Gates said they received at least two 911 calls from people who witnessed the 8:07 a.m. crash at 35109 S.E. Fish Hatchery Road.

“The plane may have hit a tree near the 9th hole,” Gates said.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the pilot was flying a Cessna 182.  He said the plane crashed “under unknown circumstances.”

Both the FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

Jeff Groshell, head golf pro at the course, said the plane crashed in “the ninth fairway.”

“It came close to hitting one of our maintenance guys, but didn’t hit him,” Groshell said.

Groshell added “It’s foggy. I’m surprised he took off.”

Groshell, who grew up near Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course, said there’s never been a crash on the course since it opened in the 1960s.

“I’ve seen them crash at the strip (Fall City Airport), but never at the course before,” Groshell said.

The pilot had been renting hangar space at the airport, said John Kummen, who lives next to the airport.

“We heard him take off, and the next thing we heard was a low pass overhead. I didn’t know he crashed until someone called me,” Kummen said.

Kummen said that in the 29 years he’s lived near the airport, there’s never been a fatal crash.

“This is unbelievable,” Kummen said.


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