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Skydiving plane missing with up to 10 aboard

 
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Skydiving plane missing with up to 10 aboard
Cessna flying from Boise may have gone down in Washington Cascades

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MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 2 hours, 41 minutes ago
YAKIMA, Wash. - A search began Monday in the rugged central Washington Cascades for a missing plane with up to 10 people from a skydiving company on board, authorities said.

The Cessna 208 Grand Caravan left Star, Idaho, about 7 p.m. Sunday en route to Shelton, Wash., but did not arrive as scheduled, said Mike Fergus of the Federal Aviation Administration.

A hunter in the White Pass area told police he saw a plane flying low and heard a crash about 8 p.m. Sunday.

The plane is registered to Kapowsin Air Sports of Shelton. Ten people from the skydiving company Skydive Snohomish were scheduled to be on the plane, but it was unknown how many were actually on board, said Geoff Farrington, Kapowsin’s co-owner.

KING 5 reported pilot and passengers are members of the Snohomish Parachute Center. They leased the plane to fly to Boise for what is called in skydiving circles as a "boogie." The plane had been reconfigured to transport people, including putting the seats back in.

The family owned company, more than 60 years old, has never lost a plane, Farrington said. The plane also had never experienced mechanical problems.

“We’ve been around a long time,” an emotional Farrington said, describing the people on board as acquaintances. “(Skydiving) is a small community.”

The names of those on board were not released, but Farrington said their families had been notified.

Officials at Skydive Snohomish did not return a telephone message seeking comment.

Search area narrowed
Nisha Marvel of the Washington Department of Transportation said the search area had been narrowed to southwest of Rimrock Lake, about 30 miles west of Yakima, due to the hunter’s report and radar information.

The Transportation Department was coordinating the air search, while Yakima County Search and Rescue was coordinating a ground search.

The search was centered in area along the north fork of the Tieton River.

Officials said the plane’s emergency locator was not activated.

Temperatures were between 35-40 degrees at 8 p.m., with some light precipitation and heavy clouds, said meteorologist Steve Bodnar of the National Weather Service in Spokane. Wind gauges to the east at Sedge Ridge showed winds of between 11 to 20 mph, with gusts to 46 mph.

The Cessna 208 Grand Caravan has a good reputation, Fergus said. “It’s got a good track record. It’s been around a long time,” he said.
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Re: Skydiving plane missing with up to 10 aboard
Here's the plane that crashed. [link to www.skydivekapowsin.com]





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