The bodies of the three men who died in a plane crash Oct. 25 about 10 miles northeast of Morton and the plane itself were completely recovered by the Lewis County Sheriff's Office on Sunday.
About a foot of snow fell on the wreckage in the first 48 hours after the crash and prevented rescuers and investigators from accessing the site, located in rugged terrain which is accessible only by foot off a logging road.
The men who died in the crash were pilot Ken Sabin, 70, of Chehalis; Rod Rinta, 43, of Chehalis, a laser technician at Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute in Chehalis; and Dr. Paul Shenk, 59, of Woodland, a surgeon for PCLI.
The sheriff’s office said it first accessed the site and began recovering remains Friday. The last remains were recovered Sunday. "We have recovered everything that we could," said Dawn Harris, chief deputy of the Lewis County Coroner’s Office, which assisted the sheriff’s office and search and rescue.
The plane was a twin-engine Cessna owned by PCLI. Sabin, who owned Sabair Flying Service, was chartered to fly the two PCLI employees to Lewiston, Idaho. Before 7:30 a.m. Oct. 25, Sabin reported engine failure to one of the plane’s two engines.
By 7:44 a.m., the plane lost radar contact with the Federal Aviation Administration in Seattle.
The plane was discovered by a search-and-rescue ground crew about 28 hours after the crash in a ravine between 3,000 feet and 3,500 feet of elevation.
Inclement weather had prevented a volunteer helicopter from spotting the crash earlier.
The wreckage was strewn for more than 50 yards, according to Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield.