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Man survives small plane crash near Bonney Lake

The pilot was lucky, good, or both. He crashed and walked away with a few scrapes.

The man, 63, flew a small plane out from the Burnett airstrip and the town of Wilkeson, said sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. At about 6:30 p.m. Monday, firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a possible small plane crash in a forested area between Bonney Lake and Buckley. Initial reports described a plane circling a wooded area, followed by an explosion.

According to Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer, a neighbor heard the man’s cries for help and tracked him down in the woods using mobile phone coordinates. The man emerged from the crash unscathed, apart from a few scrapes, Troyer said. The steering brake in the ultralight aircraft malfunctioned, causinhg the pilot to lose control, Troyer added.

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