A busy street near Seattle became even more preoccupied with the shocking crashing of a small plane on it Tuesday afternoon, hitting and damaging several vehicles. Amazingly and fortunately, officials said there were no serious injuries.
Investigators said the single-engine Piper PA32 aircraft took off from Paine Field in Mukilteo, Washington at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday but started losing engine power shortly after take-off.
The Oregon-based pilot told police that he was losing too much altitude to be able to return so he instead attempted to land on Harbour Point Boulevard because it was clear, reported Q13 Fox. As the small two-seater plane was on its way down, it clipped power lines and hit a street light, which ruptured a fuel tank.
A fire ensued due to the crash, but investigators said no one was injured and the pilot and passenger walked away from the crash soon after.
A witness whose vehicle was hit, Amanda Hayes, considers herself very lucky since the plane's wing scraped her car just as it came down. She said she was able to scream 'get down!' Before she knew it, however, she said that she could feel the heat on her face and like the fireball and the wing clipped at the end. Hayes added that when it was all over, she was not really sure if their van was ok. She said it made her nervous because that's the closest she has come to thinking her life might be over and really thinking, "Oh this is the end."
The dramatic crash was caught on camera, and a video of the accident has been shown, shared and uploaded in various media. The crash happened so quickly, and the plane looked as if it were just in a hurry to land, before fire broke out from the aircraft as a result of the crash.