The victim was identified Dr. Frank Smith, a general surgeon at Kittitas Valley Healthcare since 2010.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a 75-year-old man died in a twin-engine plane crash just outside Ellensburg.
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office says the crash was reported just before 5 p.m. Thursday by a farm owner who said a small plane had crashed into a field.
The Daily Record reports that Kittitas Valley Healthcare identified the man as Dr. Frank Smith, a general surgeon at KVH since 2010.
Authorities say he was the only one in the plane and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Authorities say he was communicating takeoff and direction a few minutes before the crash and that he was bound for Yakima.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
KVH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kevin Martin says Smith was a gifted surgeon and a gracious and gentle man.
Information from: Daily Record, http://www.kvnews.com