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October 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM
The Associated Press
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — Authorities say a pilot whose plane crashed into the side of a house in Oregon has died, but a woman inside the dwelling was able to escape without injuries.
The McMinnville Police Department says the crash occurred Monday afternoon, southwest of Portland. The first law-enforcement officers to arrive said the plane hit a garage and ended up inside the home.
The pilot has not yet been identified. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
The Yamhill County News-Register said the woman escaped along with her pets.
McMinnville is about 40 miles from Portland.
August 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM
The Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. — The airplane that struck two Connecticut homes earlier this month, killing four people, including the Washington state man who was at the controls, was traveling upside-down as it sped nose-first toward the ground, according to a preliminary investigation report released this morning.
The report by the National Transportation Safety Board does not reveal a possible cause for the Aug. 9 crash, which killed two people on board and two children on the ground.
A student pilot who was driving on Interstate 95 told investigators that he saw the plane traveling at a high rate of speed and upside-down as it descended near Tweed-New Haven airport. Investigators said previously that the plane was inverted when it hit one of the houses.
The significance of the witness account remains to be determined.
“They’ll use that as one piece of the investigation,” NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said. “It is consistent with how we found the wreckage.”
The doomed airplane’s pilot, 54-year-old former Microsoft executive and Medina resident Bill Henningsgaard, was flying with his 17-year-old son, Maxwell, when the twin-engine, propeller-driven plane crashed on its approach to the New Haven airport. They were visiting East Coast colleges and had departed the morning of the crash from Teterboro, N.J.
Also killed were two girls in one of the houses, 13-year-old Sade Brantley and her 1-year-old sister, Madisyn Mitchell.
The preliminary report said the pilot confirmed visual contact with the runway in his last communication with the control tower. Officials have said he did not issue a distress call.
The cockpit, left engine and front two-thirds of the fuselage were found inside the basement of one of the homes. One wing was found on the back porch of the house, and the other struck the side of another house. Most of the wreckage was destroyed in a fire.
It could take about a year for the investigation to be completed.
August 9, 2013 at 2:47 PM
Former Microsoft Vice President Bill Henningsgaard was killed along with his son in a plane crash in New Haven, Conn., according to a report by The Daily Astorian, which cited Astoria, Ore., Mayor Willis Van Dusen as its source of the news.
When reached by phone, Henningsgaard’s brother, Astoria City Attorney Blair Henningsgaard, said he hadn’t received official confirmation but suspects his brother and nephew were aboard the plane that crashed into two houses in East Haven. “We have no reason to believe it was anybody else’s plane,” he told The Seattle Times. “As far as I know, they haven’t identified who is in the plane.”
The mother of Bill and Blair Henningsgaard is former Astoria Mayor Edith Henningsgaard-Miller. Van Dusen was with the family after news of the crash broke, according to The Daily Astorian.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy told reporters in New Haven that emergency workers have “visuals” on two bodies in the basement of one of the houses, according to a Reuters report.
The multi-engine, propeller-driven plane struck the small homes in a working-class neighborhood while trying to land in rainy weather. Firefighters found both homes engulfed in flames when they arrived.
Authorities at the scene initially said there were three missing people, including one on the plane and two children in one of the houses, ages 1 and 13.
“We presume there is going to be a very bad outcome,” East Haven Fire Chief Douglas Jackson said.
Henningsgaard is listed as the registered agent of Ellumax Leasing, LLC, in Medina, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s Office corporations website. Ellumax is the registered owner of the plane that crashed, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.
Henningsgaard worked for about 14 years at Microsoft in various sales and marketing roles, including as vice president of sales for the Western U.S., Australia and New Zealand.
After leaving Microsoft, he became heavily involved in local social-service and philanthropy efforts, helping start Eastside Pathways, which works to support the area’s youth from “cradle to career.” He has also served as a board member and past board chair of both Youth Eastside Services and Social Venture Partners, a Seattle-based organization that seeks to connect philanthropists and strengthen nonprofits.
“He is an incredibly good, real, honest man, for the community, for his family, for this world,” Paul Shoemaker, executive connector with Social Venture Partners, said of Henningsgaard. “The guy has already done so much for the world. And he was going to do so much more.”
Seattle Times staff reporters Janet Tu and Steve Miletich and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
August 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Two people were injured when a Cessna 182 crashed at a small private airfield on Camano Island around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
According to Island County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Wallace, witnesses reported that the pilot was possibly practicing “touch and go’s,” a landing maneuver, when the accident occurred.
The two occupants of the single-engine plane were injured, he said. One was flown to Harborview Medical Center with head and ankle injuries. The other was taken by ambulance to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett for reported chest pain.
More information about the occupants of the plane was not immediately available on Sunday, but Wallace said the plane was registered to a man out of Twisp.
Wallace said the cause of the crash was not known and that the Federal Aviation Administration would be investigating.
July 7, 2013 at 8:49 AM
NTSB on scene: The National Transportation Safety Board has started its investigation of Saturday’s crash of a Boeing 777 at the San Francisco airport. Two passengers on the Asiana flight died in the crash and more than 180 were injured. The NTSB has scheduled a press conference for this morning. Check back for the latest news.
24-hour boats: Vessels built in the past 24 hours will be raced today at 4 p.m. as part of the Wooden Boat Festival at the Center for Wooden Boats on South Lake Union. The “Quick and Daring Race” is one of the last events at the festival, which runs all day and features boat tours and rides, knot tying instruction, pirate tales and live music. See photos from the festival here.
Talk about the weather: Why wouldn’t we with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the 70s and 80s in the week ahead? Get out the sun screen and maybe get out to Safeco Field starting Monday night at 7:10 for the first of four games between the Mariners and the Boston Red Sox, who always draw a big — and boisterous — crowd.
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March 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM
The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing to investigate a plane crash that killed an Eastside man on Saturday.
Jay Uusitalo, 45, of Redmond, was flying his single-engine Maule M-5 when he crashed into a home in the 23000 block of Northeast 144th Street, in unincorporated King County, just before 3 p.m., according to the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Uusitalo’s teenage nephew, the only other passenger in the four-seat plane, survived and was taken to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.
Two teenage boys who were inside the house with the crash occurred were not hurt, said West.
According to his Facebook page, Uusitalo studied at the University of California, Berkeley. He is originally from Napa, Calif.
March 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM
The Associated Press
The King County medical examiner has identified Jay Uusitalo of Redmond as the pilot who died when a small plane crashed into a house near Woodinville on Saturday.
The 45-year-old was killed and his teen-aged nephew from Eastern Washington was injured when the fixed-wing, single-engine plane crashed. Both men were traveling in the plane, and no one on the ground was hurt.
March 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Spring forward: Now would be a good time to shake your fist at your alarm clock if you haven’t already. You’ve already donated an hour of your weekend to push the clocks forward for daylight saving time. If this weren’t Seattle, you’d be gaining an extra hour of evening light but it’s going to stay pretty darn gray (see below if you need proof).
But does setting the clocks back cost us more than just sleep? Yesterday, the FYI Guy wrote about a study that says “springing forward” costs us about $1.20 per person in the Seattle-Tacoma area. That’s more than 4 million bucks.
Spring showers: Remember that gray weather I was talking about? We’re looking at an 80 percent chance of rain tomorrow and the next day. No surprises there.
Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver dies at 71: McIver, who served on the city council for more than 20 years before stepping down in 2009, died at Swedish Hospital Saturday last night, according to long-time political associates.
Slain Renton couple’s grandson sought:
Detectives with the King County Sheriff’s Office are looking for the grandson of the elderly Renton-area couple who were found slain last night. The couple’s car is also missing. According to the sheriff’s office, his “relationship to the crime is currently unknown”.
Debris peppering Washington coastline: Two years after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Northwest beachcombers are finding remnants in the wreckage and reminders of the terrible power of that seismic event. Federal officials predict this debris will continue to sporadically pulse on to beaches for years to come.
Plane crashes into family’s garage: One man was killed and another injured when a small plane crashed into a home near Woodinville.
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March 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM
One man was killed and another injured when a small plane crashed into a home near Woodinville, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash occurred just before 3 p.m. Saturday in the 23000 block of Northeast 144th Street.
Tallon Korn said he was in the bonus room above his family’s garage when the plane hit the garage. He said he initially thought it was an earthquake or lightning.
A portion of the single-engine plane ended up inside one of the garage bays.
No one on the ground was injured.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West says a man was declared dead at the scene and the other was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
She said it wasn’t immediately known where the plane took off and where it was going.
Neighbors said they heard the crash of the plane and ran outside.
The aircraft appeared to have struck the ground in front of a home then turned on its left side and skidded into a closed garage door, the neighbors said. They said they saw no flames or smoke.
However, large pools of fuel were on the ground.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration registry, the fixed-wing plane is registered in Redmond and it seats four people.
November 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM
The Associated Press
WATERVILLE, Douglas County — Two people have been killed in the crash of an ultralight aircraft near Waterville.
Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdel tells KPQ the ultralight went down about 9 a.m. Thursday in a wheat field.
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