Stunning ‘fireball’ video captures the moment a plane clipped a power line and crashed – Washington Post

The video shows a small, single-engine plane drop down from the sky, clipping power lines and leaving a fiery plume in its path before crashing into a highway near Seattle.

The plane, a Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six that had taken off from a nearby airport, went down Tuesday afternoon at an intersection in Mukilteo, Wash. The crash along State Route 525 was no doubt terrifying.

“I thought it was the end of our lives,” one witness told NBC affiliate KING.

But police said there were no serious injuries, even though the plane “struck the light pole where it erupted a fuel cell,” Mukilteo Police Officer Myron Davis told KING. “It spilled fuel onto the roadway, onto a vehicle which ignited.”

Mukilteo police later posted pictures on Twitter showing firefighters working near a mangled aircraft and at least one charred car.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge Eliott Simpson told The Washington Post that the agency is investigating into the crash.

Simpson said the pilot told authorities that he lost engine power upon takeoff from Paine Field (also known as Snohomish County Airport). The pilot tried to restart the engine midair, but it didn’t work, police told the Herald.

The pilot also told authorities that he was flying toward Harbour Pointe Boulevard, searching for a place to set the plane down, when it snagged power lines and then wiped out a traffic signal, according to the newspaper.

Fuel showered the vehicles below and caught fire.

“We definitely felt the fireball as it went over the van,” Amanda Hayes, who said her vehicle was scraped by a wing of the plane, told KING. “I’m just thankful to be here.”

Other motorists said the same thing.

Juan Teran told the Herald he recalled thinking to himself: “Man, I think we are not going to make it.”

“I didn’t know what to do,” another motorist, Steven Welch, told the newspaper. “I saw so much fire I just got out. I felt the heat go right by.”

Khal Nouri, who was stopped at a red light with his family, told KING the plane zipped over them.

“I thought it was the end of our lives,” he said, praising the pilot. “He didn’t want to hit a building obviously, he didn’t want to hit an area where people are, and he saw this street was empty. He did a fantastic job.”

The Herald reported the pilot, from Oregon, was in Washington to get seats for a Falcon 50 flown by Emergency Airlift, an air ambulance service.

Thank you Jesus no 1 killed

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This story has been updated.

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