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Small plane crashes in Monroe after propeller reportedly falls off. Pilot escapes injury.

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(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.

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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).”


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Special thanks to Daron Johnson (@SnoCo_scanner) for contributing research used in this report.

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Brush fire sparked by vehicle striking pole closes highway near Monroe

Driver at large

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(Monroe, WA) State Route 203 closed temporarily at N. High Rock Road just south of Monroe early Saturday evening after a vehicle struck a utility pole and left the scene.

A small brush fire burned along the highway after several wires fell from the damaged pole.

It appeared firefighters waited for workers with the Snohomish County Pubilic Utility District (PUD) to arrive and shut-off power in the area before moving in to fight the fire.

No word yet on whether a  suspect’s been identified or located.

A few local residents said the suspect is believed to be a person who lives in the immediate area and was driving a white pick-up truck. However, that information has not been confirmed.

The fire along the highway serves as a reminder that brush conditions in western Washington are quite dry after weeks of warm weather and little rain.

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