Snohomish County Sheriff teams respond to report of downed aircraft | Updated
July 10, 2011 · Updated 8:07 PM
Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue teams originally had responded to a report of a downed aircraft in the mountains north east of Granite Falls Saturday afternoon. At about 8 a.m., on July 9, the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division received a report of an overdue aircraft that was enroute to the Arlington Fly-In from the Spokane area.
The report was made by a friend of the overdue pilot and the WSDOT was able to quickly begin a radar track search to pinpoint the area where the plane was last known to be. A Search and Rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was at the Fly-in and was able to launch to check the area a short time later. Other Civil Air Patrol aircraft also participated in the search and the NAS Whidbey helicopter spotted aircraft wreckage south of Liberty Mountain at about 2 p.m. A rescuer was lowered to the site and no survivors were found at the scene.