Deer Park father, son die in plane crash

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 9, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 11 at 4:00 PM

SEATTLE, Wash.—The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said two people from Eastern Washington are the two victims killed in a small plane crash over the weekend.

Authorities said they Deer Park father and son left the Elk Heights Airport Friday headed for Arlington, Washington, but never arrived.  Family members reported them missing after they didn’t check in.

FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said the wreckage of the Piper PA 22 was spotted Saturday on the Cascade foothills in Snohomish County.

SAR volunteers from Everett Mountain Rescue were inserted onto a ridge above the crash site Sunday and then rappelled to the scene, which was located in steep terrain.  They were able to recover the bodies and a sheriff’s office helicopter was used to bring them out of the site.

The bodies were taken by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Their identities have not yet been released.  The FAA said an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

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