Couple dead in plane crash on Olympic Peninsula - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Couple dead in plane crash on Olympic Peninsula

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QUILCENE, Wash. - A Lopez Island couple died when their small plane crashed on the Olympic Peninsula's Mount Walker. The wreckage was found today by searchers in a King County sheriff's helicopter, which was used to recover the bodies from the rugged site late in the afternoon.

Jefferson County Undersheriff Tim Perry identified the victims as the plane's registered owner, 77-year-old Wilburn O. Ingham, of Lopez Island, and his 64-year-old wife, Norma. The plane, a Cessna 205, took off from Lopez Island, about 60 miles northwest of Seattle, yesterday morning, headed for Madera, California.

Family members called the Federal Aviation Administration when it didn't arrive as scheduled. The FAA checked its radar, which last showed the plane over the Olympic Peninsula at 9:20 a.m. yesterday.

Searchers found the wreckage in the woods at the 2,000-foot level of Mount Walker, between Quilcene and Brinnon on the eastern side of the peninsula. Perry says there was no immediate evidence of what caused the crash.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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