Helicopter Crash Sparks Forest Fire East of Snoqualmie Pass; No Survivors
EASTON, Wash. - A helicopter chartered from Boeing Field has crashed with four people aboard on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass, sparking a wildfire in dry timber. The accident happened around Thursday late afternoon.
Kittitas County Sheriff's Office reports that the pilot, Keiko Minakata from Seattle, Robert Hagerman from Marysville, Hyun Song and Si Lee from Korea did not survive.
The forest fire sparked from the accident has burned 400 to 500 acres of land and is 0% contained. Firefighters are struggling with the steep terrain in the area and wind is a factor.
Various state agencies have taken over in managing the forest fire. It is expected that hundreds of firefighters will be needed to get the fire under control.