Two Persons Rescued From Water; One Plane Lands Safely
ANN REALTIME UPDATE:
11.20.07 1920 EST: It's as happy an ending as you could
hope for. Officials have confirmed there were no fatalities
following the midair collision of two small planes over Tacoma,
There were no witnesses to the collision, though several persons
watched as one of the planes involved impacted the water about 1/4
mile from Katie Downs Waterfront Tavern & Eatery. The second
aircraft, reportedly a Cessna 206, circled the area, "then headed
off toward Puyallup," Coast Guard spokesman David Marin said.
That aircraft landed at Thun Field, with damage to its underside
and the right maingear wheel spat.
Boaters pulled the passengers of the downed plane -- a
74-year-old woman and her son, the pilot -- from the water shortly
after the accident. The woman suffered mile hypothermia, but was
"It was a win-win situation," Tacoma Fire Capt. Stephen Stock
told The Seattle Times. "It could have been a lot worse."
Tacoma, WA are releasing few details surrounding the apparent
midair collision of two small planes Tuesday afternoon.
Seattle's KIRO-7 reports the two aircraft, types unknown,
collided at around 1240 PST over Commencement Bay. One of the
aircraft crashed in the Bay, near Tacoma; the second aircraft
landed safely at Thun Field in Puyallup, reports Tacoma police
spokesman Thomas Williams, with damage to its landing gear.
Boaters were able to rescue two people from the water, said
Coast Guard Petty Officer Tara Molle. Both were transported to a
Their condition was not immediately known, nor is it clear
whether they were the only two people onboard the submerged
aircraft. Coast Guard personnel continue to search the water for
the crashed plane.
ANN will continue to follow this story.