1 killed, 1 injured in small plane crash near Paine Field

MUKILTEO — A man was killed and another seriously injured when a single-engine plane crashed Wednesday morning near Paine Field.

The surviving victim suffered broken bones and was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Rochon said.

The 72-year-old man was in serious condition and in intensive care, according to a Harborview spokeswoman.

No details were released about the man who died.

The Beechcraft Bonanza F35 crashed shortly after takeoff at about 9:16 a.m. near the 11800 block of Mukilteo Speedway.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane is registered to an Arlington man who reportedly sold it several weeks ago and was not involved in Wednesday’s crash. It takes time for the federal records to be updated after a sale.

Other aircraft were used to locate the scene, south of the main runway in a heavily wooded area. Crews cut a hole in a nearby chain-link fence and hiked through thick brush to reach the victims.

After the body was recovered, the scene was to be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board for further investigation, Rochon said. The county Medical Examiner’s office will determine and confirm the identity of the deceased.

No distress calls were received from the plane before the crash, he said. The main runway was closed until the victim’s body was recovered.

Reporters Mark Mulligan and Kari Bray contributed to this story.

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