One dead after plane crashes at Pearson Field

first_imgOne person died and a second was critically injured Wednesday when an aircraft crashed while attempting to land at Pearson Field after experiencing mechanical problems.Hannibal Woodward, 42, of Vancouver, believed to be the pilot, was in critical condition late Wednesday night at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.The crash occurred about 4:07 p.m. Witnesses said the aircraft, a home-built craft owned by Woodward, had just taken off from Pearson and was 200 to 300 feet off the ground when its engine started sputtering. The plane circled the field in what looked like an attempt to land and crashed in a grassy area between the runway and Fort Vancouver.Kevin Stromberg, a firefighter-paramedic with the Vancouver Fire Department, said crews arrived to find two men injured and bystanders attempting CPR on one of them.“Despite rescue efforts from both bystanders and our crews, the person succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene,” Stromberg said.The name of the man who died was not released.“The thing dropped 300 feet from me,” said Jim Hunt of Vancouver, who was on a walk near the airfield. He rushed to the plane.last_img

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