A small airplane crashed Monday in Grays Harbor County north of Hoquiam, but the pilot didn’t tell anybody until Tuesday. And county officials weren’t notified until Wednesday when the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office was notified by timber company security personnel.
The crashed plane and was found burned on a logging road about 1.2 miles from state Route 109 near Burrows Road, the Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
The Federal Aviation Administration told the Sheriff’s Office that the crash occurred Monday. But the FAA didn’t immediately notify the Sheriff’s Office
The pilot of a Tango Piper Cub plane was flying in the area when it had engine problems and made an emergency landing on the logging road, the Sheriff’s Office release states. The plane’s wing struck a log, and then the plane went off the road and struck a stump.
When the pilot reported the incident to the FAA on Tuesday, he said the wing and windshield were damaged in the landing and that he and the plane were covered in fuel. The pilot walked out to the road and left the area. He did not mention a fire.
When deputies went Wednesday to the property, which is owned by Grays Harbor County, they found the burned remains of a small passenger plane that landed on the logging road and struck a stump. It did not appear to have anyone inside.
Deputies contacted the FAA about the incident.
Details of the incident are limited at this time, the Sheriff’s Office said. A news release said the pilot was unavailable for contact and the National Transportation Safety Board has scheduled an investigation to take place next Wednesday.