Counselors aid students after classmate's fatal plane crash

Evergreen High junior, 17, was learning to fly

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photoJimmy Kravets, student pilot from Vancouver killed Wednesday in a plane crash

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Grief counselors assisted students at two Vancouver schools Friday in coping with the loss of a classmate.

Jimmy Kravets, a junior at Evergreen High School who also took classes at the Clark County Skills Center, died late Wednesday in a plane crash near Goble, Ore.

The Evergreen school district sent counselors to both schools to help grieving students.

A small Cessna aircraft flown by Kravets, who was learning to be a pilot, and flight instructor Todd Norrish, 47, went down sometime Wednesday evening, according to the Columbia County, Ore. Sheriff’s Office.

Searchers found the wreckage and the bodies of the two men early Thursday.

The cause of the crash remains unclear.

It appears the plane took off in rainy skies Wednesday from Pearson Field in Vancouver.

Kravets was 17 years old.