Pilot, 70, crashes near Poulsbo

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:

A 70-year-old Kent man was taken to a hospital after his single-seat airplane crashed Monday afternoon near Poulsbo.

A 70-year-old Kent man was taken to a hospital after his single-seat airplane crashed Monday afternoon near Poulsbo.

The man’s plane took off from Auburn Monday afternoon before it crashed about 4 p.m. east of Poulsbo. The man called 911 himself.

The pilot was able to give his GPS coordinates over the phone while the Poulsbo Fire Department, North Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Poulsbo Police and the Kitsap County Sheriff's office all responded to search the area east of Poulsbo, Poulsbo Fire spokeswoman Jody Matson said in a statement.

"Firefighters were able to locate the man in a clearing just east of Noll Road,” she said. “They found the man sitting near the upside down plane and transported him to a nearby park where he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center's trauma unit in serious condition.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are expected to investigate the incident Tuesday.

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