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Small plane crashes into power pole near Everson

A small plane crashed into hedges along a driveway in the 6800 block of Goodwin Road in Everson Monday afternoon. The plane stopped about 50 feet from its hanger.
A small plane crashed into hedges along a driveway in the 6800 block of Goodwin Road in Everson Monday afternoon. The plane stopped about 50 feet from its hanger. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Law enforcement and fire crews responded to the scene of a northern Whatcom County plane crash Monday afternoon.

Shortly before 4 p.m., crews were called to the 6800 block of Goodwin Road near Everson for the report of a small airplane crash, according to emergency radio traffic.

A Cessna 172G airplane struck a power pole with its wing while taxiing after it landed, impacting the power lines, according to Allen Kenitzer, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft was not in flight at the time, Kenitzer said.

Kenitzer said the tail N-number is N4144L, which is registered to Royal V. Sefton of Everson. According to the FAA registry for the plane, it was manufactured in 1966.

Sefton was the pilot, according to Whatcom County Sheriff's Chief Criminal Deputy Doug Chadwick, and Kenitzer said the pilot was the only person on board. The plane was en route to Whatcom County from Paine Field in Everett, Kenitzer said.

Sefton had just landed on his private runway, which is perpendicular to Goodwin Road, according to Chadwick, but was unable to stop in time. The plane crossed Goodwin Road and collided with the power pole on the opposite side of the road.

According to emergency radio traffic, the pilot had a head injury but was conscious, breathing and out of the plane, and Chadwick said he was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

The FAA will investigate, Kenitzer said.

The plane did leak some fuel, Chadwick said, but fire personnel placed absorbent pads in a nearby ditch to reduce its spread and the EPA was contacted to handle the fuel spill in the ditch.

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