Rescue crews airlifted two people from Olympic National Park near Brinnon Sunday afternoon after a small plane they were flying in crashed into the snow-covered wilderness, the Washington Department of Transportation reported.
The occupants, whose names had not been released Sunday, each suffered non-life threatening injuries, WSDOT spokeswoman Barbara LaBoe said. They were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The Cirrus SR22 aircraft went down near Mount Jupiter shortly before 4 p.m., when the occupant of another aircraft reported hearing a mayday call. The downed plane’s emergency locator beacon also activated.
The distress signal was detected by satellites and forwarded to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tydall Air Force Base in Florida, LaBoe said. Officials at the base, in turn, alerted WSDOT. The pilot and passenger of the downed plane also was able to alert “overflying commercial aircraft on the emergency frequency,” LaBoe said.
The Washington Air Search and Rescue and a US Navy helicopter crew out of Whidbey Island searched for the downed plane. It was spotted sometime after 6 p.m., LaBoe said. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.