SPOKANE, Wash. --- A small plane crashed Friday afternoon in North Spokane, Spokane Police said.
An SPD officer said the crash happened just after 1:30 p.m. Officer Scott Hice was driving just north of the precinct and saw the plane flying very low then saw the plane crash in a nearby field. The officer escorted the pilot to safety and said he had sustained minor injuries but was able to walk away from the crash. The pilot was transported to Deaconess hospital to be treated for possible fractures in his leg. The pilot is believed to be a 31-year-old man, but has not been identified.
Officials believe the pilot was experiencing some engine problems mid-flight, forcing him to crash land the plane. Authorities said the pilot does have former military and flight experience. The officer on scene said the pilot told him he was in the U.S. Air Force. An SPD officer said there is no risk of fire and there is no outstanding threat to the public.
The FAA and NTSB will investigate the crash. An official from the FAA confirmed the plane was a Vans RV8 traveling from Spokane Felts Field to Deer Park, Washington when it went down.
Kris Kern, a neighbor in the area said she was watering her lawn when she looked up and saw the pilot struggling. Kern said she could hear the engine sputtering and "knew the plane would have to land."
"I was waiting for a big ball of fire to blow up, but it didn't so I was very relieved," said Kern. She said both her and her granddaughter are happy the pilot is not hurt.
Police are asking any witnesses to the crash call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.