Two employees of a Chehalis company are among three people killed in the crash of a light plane in southwest Washington.
The Lewis County sheriff’s office said a ground team that reached the crash site Tuesday about 10 miles northeast of Morton found the twin-engine Cessna had disintegrated on impact in rugged terrain.
The plane was registered to Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute.
A family friend who answered the phone at the Woodland, Wash., home of cataract and LASIK surgeon Dr. Paul Shenk confirmed he was one of those killed. June Rinta, the mother of 43-year-old Rod Rinta of Chehalis, confirmed her son also died in the crash. Rinta was a laser technician.
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The plane was reportedly piloted by a veteran 70-year-old pilot from the Chehalis area. The trio took off Monday from Chehalis for Lewiston, Idaho. The pilot soon radioed that he was turning back because he had lost power in one engine.