Pilots from airplane wreck identified

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that the two pilots who were flying a plane that crashed on Windsor Hill, near Wells Dam in Douglas County, have been found dead at the scene of the crash.

Crash victims identified

48-year-old Eric Sarchet of Everett and 70-year-old Bonnie Wallace of Central Point, OR were reported to have left Chelan Airport Saturday morning around 6:30 a.m.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office deployed its helicopter to search for the aircraft, with no success on Saturday evening.

CCSO and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office renewed the search on Sunday, using coordinates from one of the occupants last cell phone signals. Deputies attempted to reach the wreckage but because of extremely treacherous terrain were unable to on Sunday.

The aircraft is a Northwing ultra-light tandem (two-seat) model with a 80 horsepower engine.

The next of kin have been notified, and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.