BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A 28-year-old pilot is resting at home in Bellingham after crashing a small plane on Mount Baker.
The Whatcom County sheriff’s office says it received reports Saturday night of both a snowmobile accident and a plane crash at an area known as Schreibers Meadow. When search-and-rescue personnel arrived, they learned that the injured snowmobilers had been taken off the mountain by friends. They then proceeded toward the signal of the plane’s emergency beacon on the Deming Glacier at the 7,800-foot level.
When they reached the plane, there was no one there. Officials eventually learned that some of the snowmobilers had taken the pilot off the mountain.
The state Transportation Department and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.