A pilot and passenger suffered no injuries shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday when their Civil Air Patrol Cessna 206 crashed and overturned during a training flight at Pierce County Airport Thun Field.
The pilot was conduct- ing “touch and go” landings at the general aviation field when he lost power at the south end of run- way 16, said Bruce Thun, airport operations man- ager.
“I think they had made about 10 takeoffs and landings,” Thun said late Saturday afternoon.
“They lost power,” he said. “The nose wheel broke off, they plowed through the ground for 30 feet, flipped, and skidded another 30 feet.”
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The pilot and passenger, two men who were not identified, “are fine, no injuries. They’re a little sore,” Thun said.
A team from the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene. An investigation will continue with a team from the National Transportation Safety Board, Thun said.
The plane appears to be a total loss. After fuel was removed from the wreckage, the various broken parts of the plane were removed to a shop area, Thun said.
Gary Grindley, acting airport supervisor for Pierce County, said the cause of the crash had not been determined Saturday afternoon.
“They lost power,” he said. “What caused the loss of power I don’t know. What caused it – that may take months.”
The plane was operated by the Mount Rainier Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.
South Hill’s Thun Field is at 16715 Meridian Ave. E.