MONROE – July 5, 2013: At 4:57 pm, police and fire responded to a plane upside down in a field at the Firstair Field airport in the City of Monroe. The plane, a Cessna 172 left Paine Field at 3:00 pm. The student pilot was on a training flight with an instructor from Northway Aviation, a flight school out of Everett. The plane was attempting a landing at the airfield when the plane left the runway to the right into some long grass. The student pilot was not able to return to the runway and ended up flipping the plane onto its top.
The pilot, a 69-year-old male from Seattle was transported by private vehicle to Valley General Hospital for treatment of minor cuts and abrasions. The flight instructor, an 82-year-old male from Mountlake Terrace was treated by aid at the scene. The Monroe Police Department is investigating this incident; the Federal Aviation Administration was notified.