Investigators of deadly plane crash hold news conference in Yakima
YAKIMA, Wash. - At least seven people have been found dead in the wreckage of a plane carrying 10 people that crashed in the Cascade mountains.
Jim Hall, the director of Yakima Valley Emergency Management, says it appears that the airplane crashed at a fairly high speed. He says families of the 10 people aboard the plane have been notified.
Ground searchers followed the smell of fuel and found the wreckage of the plane carrying nine skydivers and a pilot.
Mike Fergus, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, says local agencies reported that one body was recovered, and a search was continuing for the other occupants of the plane. It now appears that no one survived the crash.
Based on radar transmissions and a hunter's report of seeing a plane flying low Sunday evening and then hearing a crash, the search was focused on a steep, densely forested area near White Pass, about 45 miles west of Yakima.
The plane was registered to Kapowsin Air Sports of Shelton, south of Seattle near Olympia.
But the nine passengers were associated with a skydiving company called Skydive Snohomish, north of Seattle. They were returning from a gathering of skydivers in Idaho when the plane disappeared.
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