Workers to remove plane wreckage this weekend

Peninsula News Network


Port Angeles, WA - Workers are ready to start removing the wreckage of that small plane that crashed on the slopes of Mount Angeles earlier this week.

The plane went down below Lake Angeles late Tuesday night, killing pilot Barry Koehler of Sequim. His friends, Tami Hinkle and Sara Gagnon of the Port Angeles survived the crash, when the rented Cessna 182 went down in heavy timber on the flight from Port Angeles to Seattle.

Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes tells PNN now that investigators have wrapped up their on-scene look at the wreckage, workers will start removing the debris over the weekend. That will involve “packaging” the remnants of the plane so it can be airlifted out of the crash site by helicopter. That work is expected to start Saturday morning.

It’s expected the trail to Mount Angeles will remain closed until that recovery work is complete.



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