2 Hurt When Private Plane Crashes and Flips in Washington. NTSB to Investigate

April 19, 2022

Apr. 18—RICHLAND, Wa. — A pilot and passenger were injured Sunday afternoon after a small private plane crashed and flipped off a runway at the Richland Airport.

The crash happened just before 4 p.m. at the airport operated by the Port of Benton off the Highway 240 bypass.

Port officials initially had trouble spotting the overturned plane in the sagebrush, according to initial dispatch reports.

But a release Monday from the port said their staff was able to coordinate with first responders to get to the scene within four minutes.

The pilot reportedly called 911 for help from inside the plane.

The two people onboard were taken to a hospital with minor injuries and were in good condition Monday, according to the port.

The port did not say what might have caused the crash. The incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The airport serves regional business customers and has two paved runways, according to the port's website.

This story was originally published April 18, 2022 5:00 AM.


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