• Three on board small plane that never reached destination

    By: Web Staff


    LYNDEN, Wash. - UDPATE [July 13, 2015]: A girl walked out from the woods and waved down a driver saying she is the girl from the plane crash that happened over the weekend, according to Okanogan sheriff. 

    She was taken to a Mazama store where the driver dropped her off. She was treated by an EMT who works there. Click here for updates.

    Original story [July 12,2015]: The Washington State Department of Transportation says crews plan to renew the search Monday for a small, private plane that didn't reach its destination in Lynden, Washington, on Saturday.

    Quick Facts:

    • Plane was due in Lynden Saturday at 4 p.m.
    • Bellingham teen was flying back from Montana with her grandparents
    • Last cellphone ping near Omak about 4 p.m. Saturday
    • Storms in flight area Saturday night

    The plane left Kalispell, Montana, at around  1 p.m. Saturday. It was due in Lynden at 4 p.m. When it didn't arrive, family members notified authorities.

    Transportation officials and family members identified the plane's occupants as the plane's owner/pilot, Leland Bowman, 62; his wife Sharon, 63, both of Montana; and their step-granddaughter Autumn Veatch, 16, of Bellingham.

    KIRO 7 spoke with David Veatch of Bellingham, Autumn Veatch's father. He said his daughter was on the flight home with her grandparents back from Montana.

    "I just, I had a bad feeling about it when they told me what was going on. I was like 'what?'" said Veatch.

    Plane dropped off radar near Omak

    Major Ralph Black, who is helping coordinate the search, said the airplane was tracked until it dropped off the radar near Omak in bad weather. Then the system picked up cellphone pings.

    The last cellphone signal was detected at about 4 p.m. 

    Volunteer pilots flew over the area for about three hours, listening for the plane's emergency locator beacon. 


    Search centered south of Mount Baker

    Meteorologist Morgan Palmer says there were storms in the flight area Saturday night.

    Veatch says he is grateful for the search efforts and support.

    "I feel like I have a ton of support -- I mean, I haven't even had a chance to be sad. I mean, I'm sad but I'm not like ... I suppose it will hit tonight when I'm alone."


    The search is centered south of Mount Baker, along the intended flight plan, according to transportation officials.

    Officials describe the plane as a white and red Beech 35 aircraft.


    Stay with KIRO 7 for the latest on this story. 

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