(Royal City, WA) On August 14th at approximately 6:20 AM a small airplane from the Royal Flying Service made an emergency hard landing on Highway 26 near Dodson RD, Royal City. The pilot, Jared Felder 27, told investigators shortly after take off the plane experienced power loss and engine sputter.
Felder said he dumped his load of fertilizer in hopes of clearing power lines. After clearing the lines Felder negotiated the plane to Highway 26 where he landed the plane. Felder said the plane skidded into south portion of the ditch. Felder exited the plane and it caught fire soon after.
Numerous agencies responded to the scene (Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Royal City Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Grant County Fire district 10 and AMR ambulance service). The roadway was shut down for a brief time but was later re-opened. Felder recieved no injuries and the investigation will be handeled by the FAA.