Pilot walks away from small plane crash in Bremerton

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by TOM KIM and ROBERTA ROMERO / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 6:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 31 at 5:14 PM

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Federal investigators are in Kitsap County Wednesday, trying to figure out why a plane crashed in West Bremerton.

The plane went down around 10 p.m. Tuesday near Werner Road and Ida Street, but it took hours to rescue the pilot.

Several residents in Bremerton reported hearing a plane in distress near the Bremerton National Airport late Tuesday night. Emergency crews then received another call, one from the pilot himself.

"Shortly thereafter we received a 9-1-1 call from a pilot saying he indeed crashed, which we began searching for the pilot," said Lt. Peter Fisher, Bremerton Police.

Search and rescue teams eventually found both the pilot and the crashed plane in a densely wooded area just west of Bremerton.  Some businesses and homes were in the area, but the pilot managed to avoid hitting them, landing in the trees.

The pilot was able to walk away from the plane with non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to Harrison Medical Center for evaluation and has since been released. His name has not been released.

It's still unclear what caused the crash. Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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