Two Pierce County residents killed in test flight crash

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The plane crashed into a field near Harvey Field Airport in Snohomish County, Washington, on Nov. 18, 2022, during a test flight, officials said. Four people died as a result of the crash.

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Two of the four occupants died on November 18 when their plane lost a wing and crashed during a test flight there were Pierce County men in Snohomish County.

Scott A. Brenman, 52, of Roy, and Nate Lachendra, 49, of Gig Harbor, died in the crash, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday.

Also killed were Nathan W. Prekup, 33, of Seattle, and David W. Newton, 67, of Wichita, Kansas.

All four died from blunt force trauma, the medical examiner ruled.

Lachendro is listed as an engineering program manager for the Seattle-based aeronautical modification firm Raisbeck Engineering.

According to A donation siteScott Brenneman leaves behind “a loving family, a loving dog, and many friends and colleagues in the aviation community.”

Raisbeck leased a Cessna Grand Caravan 208B EX single-engine aircraft to collect “baseline aircraft performance data,” company president Hal Chrisman said in a statement.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane crashed in an agricultural field near Harvey Field Airport.

The plane took off from Renton around 9:30 a.m., the federal agency said. According to one of the eyewitnesses, about an hour later, the plane’s right wing fell off, causing the plane to spiral down to the ground. The wing was found about 200 yards from the wreckage, the NTSB said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB are investigating the crash.

A preliminary report will be released in two to three weeks, and the investigation will be completed in 12 to 24 months, the NTSB said.

Craig Saylor has worked for The News Tribune since 1998 as a writer, editor and photographer. He previously worked for The Olympian and other newspapers in Nevada and California. He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in journalism.

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