Pilot makes emergency landing in Selah, walks away with no injuries

SELAH, Wash. - A pilot walked away with no injuries after an emergency landing in Selah.

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a small plane that had gone down in Sunday around 4 p.m.

When law enforcement arrived to the scene at the 9500 block of North Wenas Road, they found the plane and pilot several hundred yards out into a field on the west of the street.

According to the deputies, 73-year-old James Bell from Yakima was the only occupant on the plane and didn’t suffer any injuries. The pilot said he was flying overhead when he experienced an engine malfunction that required him to make an emergency landing. 

The plane landed in a large open field and traveled about 300 feet before stopping. It didn't suffer any significant damage. Officials say barbed-wire fencing was damaged.

Currently, the plane is still on the field. When it's fixed, it will be flown away from the scene.

The FAA and the NTSB have been notified.


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