1 killed, 1 injured in small plane crash near Woodinville


WOODINVILLE, Wash. - One man died and another was injured after a small plane crashed into a house Saturday afternoon near Woodinville, said the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened in the 23000 block of Northeast 144th Street.

Witnesses reported that the plane engine was sputtering and then hit the garage of a house.

When crews arrived, a small plane was turned upside down and stuck through a garage door of a home.

According to the Sheriff's Office, two people were on board. Jay Uusitalo died at the scene and his teenage nephew was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

The King County Medical Examiner said on Monday that Uusitalo, the plane's pilot, died from blunt force trauma.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Lee Stoll spoke with neighbors who lived next door to the home.

“It was pretty shocking. I’m glad it didn’t go through the roof. It only went through the garage,” said Tanner Leon.

Two people were inside the house when the plane hit, but were not hurt. They said the whole house shook and had to go outside to see what happened.

 “It’s pretty scary, really. It’s a big crash. Lucky no one inside the house was hurt,” said another neighbor, Gunner Burn.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.