Man, 69, dies in small plane crash
BURLINGTON — A 69-year-year pilot is dead after a small plane crashed at the Skagit County Regional Airport near Burlington.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the pilot of a single-engine Piper PA-12 died when the plane crashed during take off.
Kenitzer says the plane went down just after 1 p.m. Thursday.
TV news footage showed the plane lying upside down on grass next to a runway. The plane’s front and one wing were smashed.
Kenitzer says witnesses described the plane going “straight up, then straight down.”
The Skagit Valley Herald reports the pilot was a 69-year-old man from Bow.
The Skagit County sheriff’s office says the man was working on his plane before the doomed flight. His name has not been released.
Seattle: Large cocaine bust
Officials from the Port of Seattle say they have made the biggest drug bust ever at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Port of Seattle police in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration arrested three people and seized 11 kilograms of cocaine last week.
The three people checked bags before boarding a flight to Alaska on Sept. 30. TSA officers found five kilograms of cocaine in one bag during routine X-ray procedures.
The bag owner was found at the departure gate and officials determined the other travel companions. Two more bags were searched and the other six kilograms were discovered.
The trio was indicted on conspiracy to distribute cocaine charges by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Thursday.