Emergency responders surround the wreckage of an airplane that crashed into a field along U.S. 2 just east of Snohomish on Friday. (Ryan Berry / Herald file)

Emergency responders surround the wreckage of an airplane that crashed into a field along U.S. 2 just east of Snohomish on Friday. (Ryan Berry / Herald file)

Two more deaths confirmed in plane crash east of Snohomish

On Saturday, local authorities determined the plane had four — not two — passengers. Few other details were available.

SNOHOMISH — Investigators have determined that four people died in a plane crash on Friday morning between Snohomish and Monroe.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Saturday that there were two additional people aboard the single-engine plane that crashed east of Harvey Field Airport and ignited a fire. Earlier reports indicated that just two people were on the plane.

It was not immediately clear why investigators initially reported that only two people had died in the crash.

Deputies and the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office are assisting an investigation led by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration, said sheriff’s spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, NTSB did not have any new information to share. The agency sent an investigator from Portland to help review the site Saturday, according to an NTSB spokesperson.

Preliminary reports indicated that the plane went down near U.S. 2 and 100th Street SE. Flight data for a fixed-wing single-engine plane most likely used for sightseeing trips showed a rapid descent while it was circling east of Snohomish.

Authorities expect the medical examiner to announce the identities of the deceased and their cause of death no sooner than Monday.

This story is developing and may be updated.

Mallory Gruben is a Report for America corps member who writes about education for The Daily Herald.

Mallory Gruben: 425-339-3035; mallory.gruben@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @MalloryGruben.

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