A Cessna 108 floatplane crashed into a neighborhood of West Anchorage on Sunday afternoon. The Cessna 108 teared a hole in a house before it came to rest in the middle of a residential street.
Fortunately, no person was injured in the accident. The pilot of the crashed Cessna 108 was able to walk out of the airplane before the medics arrived. The damaged house had no one at the time of crash.
According to Tom Wescott, Anchorage Fire Departmenet Captain the most important thing was that no person was injured, neither in the aircraft nor in the damaged house.
The single engine Cessna 108 airplane took off from Lake Hood on Sunday at around noon, but it soon encountered trouble, according to Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board.
The pilot had to force land the airplane as the engine died down soon after takeoff.
The damaged house is at the corner of the Cosmic Circle and Orion Circle and the airplane came to rest on a street a block away from Balto Seppala Park.
The neighborhood of Wisconsim Street and Milky Way Drive is directly to the North of Lake Hood, which is being considered as the busiest seaplane base in the world. This neighborhood falls directly in the flight path of numerous small floatplane that fly in and out of the lake every day.
According to Johnson of NTSB, this area is heavily traveled when talk in terms of takeoff and landing routes.
Lance Parcell, who lives just few houses away from the damaged house says that people who are living here are used to small airplanes such as Cessna 108 passing low. On Sunday afternoon, the sound of the engine he heard was quite different from usual.
Then all was quite for around 10 seconds before he heard that really loud crash. When he ran out on the street he saw a big hole in that house. He dialed 911 as he ran out.
Same type of engine noise and pattern was heard by others in the area.
As per records of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the floatplane Cessna 108 is registered to Anchorage resident Jon Sutherlin. When the owner was reached he declined to say anything.
The plane crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.