Small plane crashes near Brush Prairie; no one hurt

BRUSH PRAIRIE, Wash. - A pilot and his passenger walked away without injuries after their small plane crashed into a yard northeast of Vancouver on Sunday evening.

It happened in the Brush Prairie area, near Northeast 144th St. at about 5:30 p.m., when the pilot, Phillip Allen of Portland, was trying to land his 1964 Cessna 150D at the Brush Prairie Aerodrome.

He lost control of the plane when his landing gear caught a fence wire and he crashed the plane into a rabbit hutch in a residence's yard according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

The Cessna was heavily damaged, as was the rabbit hutch.

Mark Congdon was nearby and said he witnessed the crash.

"They were too high, so he went to pull back up," Congdon said. "Swerved to the right, came over the fence, clipped the building with the right wing, flipped the plane around and crashed."

Angela Congdon said she was in the backyard when the Cessna crashed.

"They just walked away from the plane," she said. "I'm amazed they weren't hurt more."

Witnesses said the pilot had a cut on his arm and his passenger -- his wife -- had broken glasses, but they seemed calm and weren't visibly shaken.