Four St. Helens residents sustained non-life threatening injuries after the airplane they were in crash-landed at the Sandy Kiwanis 60th Annual Fly-In Cruise-In on Sunday, July 23. The small aircraft clipped its left wing then fell nose-first into the ground upon arrival at McKinnon Airpark, 12960 S.E. Ten Eyck Road.
Sandy Fire crews standing by at the fundraising event responded immediately. Two women on board were transported and examined for further injuries at a local trauma center. The pilot's and another passenger's injuries did not require hospitalization.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration, which is working with the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the incident, declined to release the victims' names. Sandy Fire Chief Phil Schneider said he spoke with the pilot on Monday, July 24, and the two women were given a clean bill of health and discharged earlier that day.
"Any time there's a traumatic event like that they enter you into the trauma center," Schneider said. "It is fortunate everyone is doing well."
An incident such as this is unprecedented at the annual fundraiser. Sandy Kiwanis Vice President Kole Pearson said although it was unfortunate, "It could have been worse, and we're very fortunate it was what is was."
The crash took place in a sparsely populated, open area of the venue and did not directly affect festival attendees or infrastructure.
"I don't believe it affected the rest of the event," Pearson said, though the event coordinators updated participants when the victims were declared in good health. "We're grateful everyone in the plane and on the ground is OK."