Small plane lands on Seattle playfield


by By Staff and Associated Press

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:35 PM

Video: Small plane lands on Seattle playfield

SEATTLE - No one was injured when a small plane landed at a Seattle playfield on Monday.

The plane landed on its wheels near the south end of Genessee Park near Lake Washington.

"It was right above the tree level, then as soon as it got oer the lake it dipped lower than tree level, banked stiffly to the south and followed the lake down," said witness Julia Paden.

The pilot touched down right in the middle of the park. On any other Memorial Day, Melissa Manier and her family would have been in the way.

"What's funny is we ususally play volleyball over on the other side of the trees and we decided to come over here because it was so soggy," she said. "So we would have been over there about 25 feet from the landing."

Witnesses said a couple, their son and a dog were traveling from Omak to Boeing Field when the aircraft lost power.

"It was so quiet," said Laura Levings. "We were all sitting there about 30 seconds after it landed and we were like 'Oh my gosh a plane just landed there. So it didn't even make a huge sound. It was such a soft landing."

"What are the chances of this happening right here and now," said Lazlo Jaress. "The fact that it happened to be flying by at this exact moment and have this perfect grassy field."

There was no damage to the plane, which will have to be towed out.