Pilot injured as plane crashes into backyard in Port Orchard

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — At least one person was seriously injured when a plane crashed into the backyard of a Port Orchard home Wednesday afternoon.

KOMO-TV reports the Cessna 150 plane went down into the trees along Genesis Avenue just before 4 p.m., according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

The pilot was trapped in the burning wreckage, but witnesses near the scene were able to begin firefighting efforts before firefighters from South Kitsap Fire & Rescue could arrive.

“When we arrived here, we ran behind the house, found the airplane nosed in and numerous citizens were actively trying to extinguish the flames,” Sgt. Ken Dickinson with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office told the Kitsap Sun.

“The front of the engine compartment of the plane was on fire and we could see that the pilot was actually still inside the airplane. We arrived to find several citizens working feverishly to get the fire out.”

The pilot was eventually freed and airlifted to a local hospital, deputies said.

It’s still unclear what caused the plane to go down. Flight tracking websites show the plane took off from Bremerton and circled the area before crashing into the woods. The FAA will be investigating.