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Small-Plane Pilot Killed In Crash

One person was killed after his single-engine airplane crashed near Ahtanum Creek west of Yakima, authorities said.

Witnesses said the Beechcraft plane buzzed the area several times Saturday night before clipping at least one tree and crumpling upside down on a small embankment adjacent to the creek.

There was no fire, but an undetermined amount of fuel leaked into the creek, West Valley Fire Chief Ron Rutherford said.

The Yakima County Medical Examiner’s office on Sunday did not release the identity of the victim, although witnesses said he was a Tampico-area businessman who lived near the crash site.

The pilot appeared to have died instantly, firefighters said. A small dog inside the plane also died in the crash.

The flight originated at the Yakima Air Terminal.”(The pilot) was trying to do a whole bunch of stuff,” said Zak Davis, 16, who witnessed the crash. “He was doing flips and spinning around in the air and everything.”

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating of the crash, Rutherford said.