Pilot calls 911 after his small plane crashes near Poulsbo




Posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 8:20 AM

POULSBO -- A small plane crashed in a field near Poulsbo on Monday afternoon.

The Kitsap Fire Dept. said the 70-year-old pilot regained consciousness and was able to call 911 after his his single-seat airplane crashed just before 4 p.m.

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.

Firefighters were able to locate the man in a clearing east of Noll Road. They found him sitting near the upside down plane.

Mark Freiboth, who lives near the crash site, said his family heard a low-flying plane Monday afternoon, but did not know it had crashed until fire trucks started racing by.

He helped lead crews through a tree line to the clearing where the pilot crash-landed.

"We usually get some (planes) that come over the area," said Freiboth, "This one seemed to be going a little slower and a little lower than usual."

The pilot was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.  His identity was not released.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.