Two injured in airplane crash at Discovery Bay Golf Course

By Leader Staff
Posted 9/28/15

Two people suffered serious injuries when their small, single-engine airplane crashed at 1:21 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28 at Discovery Bay Golf Course, located about 4 miles from Port Townsend.

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Two injured in airplane crash at Discovery Bay Golf Course

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Two people suffered serious injuries when their small, single-engine airplane crashed at 1:21 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28 at Discovery Bay Golf Course, located about 4 miles from Port Townsend.

A reporting party stated that the plane engine had stuttered and appeared to lose power before crashing into heavy brush just north of the tee box on the golf course's 17th hole, according to a press release from East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR).

The golf course is just west of Jefferson County International Airport.

EJFR personnel arrived to find two occupants, a man and a woman, entrapped in the wreckage. Both appeared to be in their 70s; their identities were not known at time of transport, according to officials.

When found, the woman was conscious, but the man, the pilot, was not, according to Jefferson County Undersheriff Joe Nole. The man later regained consciousness, Nole said.

Rescue crews used a Hurst Jaws of Life tool to free a man and a woman before transporting them to ambulances, and then used a water and foam spray to neutralize the hazard created by leaking airplane fuel.

EJFR Fire Chief Gordon Pomeroy called in two helicopters from Airlift Northwest. Both helicopters landed nearby on the 17th fairway about 30 minutes after the request.

The two patients were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Their names have not yet been made public.

Approximately 20 minutes after his arrival, Chief Pomeroy conducted a conference call with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board to share identifying information from the plane fuselage and details of the wreck.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 2:26 p.m. and turned the site over to deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighters from Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue assisted with the incident response.

(This story to be updated when more information becomes available.)

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