LA PUSH – Rescuers were able to successfully locate the pilot of small airplane that crashed in difficult terrain near La Push thanks to quick teamwork by several agencies.
At 1 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Emergency Services received a report of a downed Cessna 150 aircraft after neighbors called 911 to report a possible airplane crash.
WSDOT obtained a good radar track from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center that helped searchers locate the aircraft in a hilly and heavily forested area on the east side of La Push.
Darkness hampered ground search efforts, but after sunrise, a rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island joined the mission and located the pilot who was alive and in critical condition.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will be doing a full investigation.