Marc Drake Dead, Woman Hurt in Langley Small Plane Crash
LANGLEY, WA (January 16, 2018) – A pilot died after a small plane crashed just off the Porter Field runway in Whidbey Airpark on Saturday, January 12.
According to South Whidbey Fire, the Island County Sheriff Department has identified the pilot as 63-year-old Marc Drake, of Everett.
Locals reported the sound of the crash at around 11:16 a.m. Officials responded to the crash site, finding the plane off the runway in a wooded area.
South Whidbey Fire confirmed that the pilot of the plane died in the incident and the female passenger was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries.
According to Jon Gabelein with South Whidbey Fire, the plane was attempting to land when the incident occurred.
The plane crashed into the dense woods that surround the airfield. According to firefighters, they had to use chainsaws to cut a path through the woods to get to the crash site. It took the authorities approximately 20 minutes to find the wreckage.
The FAA issued a ‘no-fly zone’ order within a five-mile radius of the area, Gabelein stated.
The crash is still under investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families, friends and loved ones of Marc Drake. Wishing them strength and support during this very difficult time.
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