Washington Pilot Found Dead After Plane Crash in Forest

A Seattle-area attorney and experienced pilot, Jerry Riedinger, 69, was found dead after his plane crashed in a densely forested area. The search and rescue teams located the wreckage of his 2001 Extra Flugzeugbau 300/L on Monday afternoon near Humpback Mountain, west of Snoqualmie Pass, according to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

Riedinger, from Issaquah, was reported missing by his wife on Sunday evening when he failed to reach his destination in Ephrata. He had taken off from Arlington Municipal Airport at around 4:30 p.m. and was last seen flying at approximately 8,000 feet before losing contact with ground crews.

The search operation, involving over 220 personnel, utilized cellphone and flight data to pinpoint the crash site off I-90. WSDOT extended their condolences to Riedinger’s family and expressed gratitude to those who participated in the search.

The King County Sheriff’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. Tom Peterson, WSDOT Air Search and Rescue Coordinator, mentioned that weather conditions might have contributed to the incident, although the exact cause remains unknown.

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