Authorities in Jefferson County say a 63-year-old Sequim pharmacist was the pilot aboard a small plane that crashed last week, killing all four people on board.
Jefferson County’s prosecuting attorney and coroner, Michael Haas, identified the victims as pilot Jon Bernhoft, his 61-year-old fiancée, Carla Parke, and her two grandchildren – a 9-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, both of Bellingham.
The aircraft left Boeing Field in Seattle for Port Angeles just after 6 p.m. Thursday and lost contact with air traffic control about 45 minutes later.
Searchers found the single-engine Cessna and four bodies in a heavily wooded ravine in Jefferson County on Friday morning.
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The Peninsula Daily News reports that officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board worked Saturday to extract the wreckage from the ravine.