July 20, 1996 in City

Pilot Indicted For Faking Distress Call

Associated Press
 

A Bellevue pilot accused of faking his death by deliberately ditching his plane in Elliott Bay has been indicted on a charge of triggering a false distress call.

A federal grand jury on Thursday returned the indictment against David Peter Novak, 34.

According to the complaint, Novak radioed to the control tower at Boeing Field early May 31 that his Piper Cherokee had lost engine power over Elliott Bay.

The distress call led the Coast Guard, along with crews from other agencies, to an extensive search of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound. The plane was never found.

Novak apparently swam to shore and later surfaced in Maui, Hawaii.

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