Firefighters Comb Through the Woods of Chinook Pass Searching for Plane Wreck
CHINOOK PASS, Wash-- Around 3:30 this afternoon a call came in of a plane wreck.
Campers heard a loud crash and a plane had dropped of the radar. In the woods of the Wenatchee forest crews scoured the hills in hopes of finding survivors. Setting up the command center at the base of the 1905 road. A man came off the hill on a dirt bike.
"It's in pieces, I'll show you if you follow me," said Mark Hergert.
Firefighters from the Nile-Cliffdale Fire Department rushed up the dirt road deep into the forest. The terrain is thick and steep, about a half mile hike on foot.
"Given the location it's a very remote location so we weren't exactly sure what we were going to find," said Lt. Ty Brown of the Nile-Cliffdale Fire Department.
"We were expecting to find survivors, but as everyone knows with plane crashes that is unlikely, unfortunately," said Casey Jeager, with the ambulance crew on scene.
As firefighters found scattered luggage and then the wing and then the seats, hope for survivors dwindled.
The plane was a home-built four-seat single-engine Lancair EC. It had left Ketchikan Alaska heading for Idaho earlier in the day. When it clipped the trees it was torn to pieces. A man and women on board were pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash site has been secured and now the FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.