(AP) Ground searchers following the smell of fuel Monday night found the wreckage of a plane that is believed to have been carrying nine skydivers and a pilot. Authorities say one body was recovered at the crash site, near Mount Rainier in Washington State, and as of late Monday night, it appears that there may be no survivors.
A spokesman of Emergency Management, says it appears that the airplane crashed at a fairly high speed.
Seven of the 10 on board “have been found deceased,” the County Sheriff said in a statement, which also said recovery efforts had been suspended for the night but would resume Tuesday.
The Cessna 208 Grand Caravan left Star, Idaho, near Boise, Sunday evening en route to Shelton, Wash., northwest of Olympia, but did not arrive as scheduled.
The plane was returning from a skydiving meet in Idaho when it disappeared.
The single-engine plane is registered to Kapowsin Air Sports of Shelton. Ten people from Skydive Snohomish were scheduled to be on the plane, said Geoff Farrington, Kapowsin’s co-owner.