SUNNYSIDE, Wash. —The Federal Aviation Administration is releasing few details about a plane that crash landed in a Sunnyside parking lot Saturday.
The agency will not release the name of the pilot or the passenger, who both received minor injuries, said Allen Kenitzer of the FAA’s regional office in Kent.
Sunnyside police are not releasing the pilot’s name, either, said Sgt. Kent Coffman. He said the pilot had a cut over his forehead from the crash, but both he and the passenger were checked out by medics at the scene and weren’t taken to a hospital.
The FAA would not say where the plane was headed at the time of the crash.
The single-engine Piper P28A crashed about 12:40 p.m. in South Hill Park at 1521 S. First St. in Sunnyside. Police said witnesses said they saw the aircraft hit power lines near Interstate 82. When the plane tried to land in the park’s parking lot, it ended up crashing through a cyclone fence and came to rest in a privately owned field, causing significant damage to the aircraft.
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident, with the NTSB as the lead investigator.
Kenitzer said it normally takes a week or two for the NTSB to post a preliminary report of the accident on its website, but that it may take months for the agency to determine a probable cause for the crash.