(Monroe, WA) An experimental airplane crashed during an attempted takeoff early this evening.
According to a report on KOMOnews.com, the plane’s propeller came off during takeoff.
The 50-year-old pilot reportedly escaped uninjured.
According to the website aviationdb.com, the aircraft is registered to an owner in Duvall, WA.
Beyond90Seconds.com reported live from the scene.
LIVE STREAM (recorded) Please note: In my live reporting from the scene, I speculated that this aircraft might be an “ultralight”. However—given the following definition from Wikipedia—this plane does not appear to be an ultralight.
“The governing regulation in the United States is FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles, which specifies a powered “ultralight” as a single seat vehicle of less than 5 US gallons (19 L) fuel capacity, empty weight of less than 254 pounds (115 kg), a top speed of 55 knots (102 km/h or 64 mph), and a maximum stall speed not exceeding 24 knots (45 km/h or 27.6 mph).”
(Snohomish County) I’m no geologist. Certainly not an engineer, either.
But a simple eyeball test nearly screams that it’s only a matter of time before a significant chunk of hillside crashes down upon Lowell-Larimer Road.
Worse yet, a slide could extend toward houses just across the road.
That possibility is certainly on one man’s mind today.
He told me his house “shook, rumbled” when trees came crashing down the hillside and onto the road and power lines just yards from from his home this morning.
That man declined to speak on camera, but his concern is real. I watched him move his boat closer to his house, away from the hillside.
He told me he was doing so in case the hill came down.
A worker at the site this morning made a point of telling me I was assuming some risk by simply standing across the road from the hill.
The worker told me the hillside was unstable, and paused to point to the exact location where the large tree now on the road had snapped from its trunk a considerable distance up the hill (you can see that trunk in the photos and video from today’s shoot).
The worker advised me that I should leave soon.
But thoughts of that hillside stay with me.
That stretch of Lowell-Larimer road is not unfamiliar to me.
One year ago to the month I also stood there with my camera.
On March 20, 2013, a wind storm knocked trees down onto the road.
March 20, 2013 video *please go to the 35-second markin this video
I’ve since come to understand the code in the hill.
Just look for the scattered, practically horizontal tree stumps; the signatures of past, similar episodes.
The trees are falling.
The roots holding the hill will loosen.
I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I speculate that development above and beyond the hill is likely to continue…
And that nature will continue to surrender its grip on the hill that rises above the valley floor here.
The code of the hill speaks to me in another way, too.
My childhood flirted with this place.
I spent several years in my youth growing-up in an area not far from the top of that hillside; a neighborhood called Eastmont.
Back in the late 1970’s, it was a thrill to explore the woods beyond the back of Eastmont.
With each step, my brothers and I would be closer to the valley.
But we never saw it.
Back then, those woods seemed more like a dense jungle to an adventurous boy.
Fact is, that area was still thick, mostly untamed forest.
I remember lots of wild berries, and discovering a place we called the “clay pits.”
Where much of those woods once stood, homes now stand.
And about 35-years later, I find myself thinking of clay, once again.
In the final shot of today’s video, you’ll see what I recorded while standing in the boat owner’s driveway.
The camera first shows the simple road, then tilts-up to reveal what looms overhead: A towering bare wall of rain-soaked clay.
One can only hope local leaders have their eyes on the slippery slope that is this stretch of Lowell-Larimer Road.
And that they take action before a potential disaster comes crashing down.
(Everett, WA) The man accused of robbing a Chase Bank on Evergreen Way late Monday afternoon didn’t get far from the bank, and led police on a short foot chase before being taken into custody.
The suspect is 34 year-0ld William Rivers.
Here’s the official word from the Everett Police Department:
PRESS RELEASE – March 3, 2014
Bank robber apprehended in Everett
EVERETT – Police responding to bank robbery capture fleeing thief.
Just after 5:15 p.m. on March 3, 2014, officers were dispatched to a bank robbery at Chase Bank (4800 block of Evergreen Way). Information indicated a white male, about 5’6” tall, 150 pounds with a slight goatee, wearing a black jacket and golfer style hat had entered the bank and produced a note demanding money. After the male was given money, he ran from the bank.
An officer responding to the call spotted a male closely resembling the suspect description in the 4200 block of Evergreen Way and stopped to talk with him. The male refused to answer questions then suddenly started running from the officer. Ultimately, the male was detained in the 4300 block of Hoyt Ave.
Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit responded to the incident and worked with witnesses and physical evidence to positively identify the male as the suspect. The male, 34 year-old William Rivers, was arrested for the bank robbery and will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail.
No one was injured during bank robbery or the capture.