Fate of the two Chelan aircraft occupants is unknown.
On Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue aircraft which had left the Chelan Airport earlier that morning at 6:30 a.m. It was thought that the aircraft, with two occupants on board, was heading north toward Douglas County or Okanogan County. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deployed its helicopter to search for the aircraft with no success.
Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Offices Renew Search
CCSO renewed their search on Sunday, July 2 using coordinates from one of the occupants last cell phone signals. At approximately 10:30 a.m., CCSO located the wreckage on Windsor Hill about one mile downstream from Wells Dam in Douglas County.
Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reported that deputies are attempting to reach the wreckage, but the terrain is extremely treacherous. The aircraft is a Northwing ultra-light tandem (two seat) model with a 80 horsepower engine.
The Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Offices are working closely together to get to the scene and determine the fate of the occupants. The names of the occupants are not being disclosed at this time.
(By Christine Eagar GoLakeChelan.com, as reported by Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal)