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The Mount Si and Little Si trailheads and trails will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Access to the area was closed after a lightplane crashed in the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area on February 15. All three people in the plane were killed.

According to the DNR:

Initially, the area was closed while federal and local teams conducted an investigation into the cause of the crash. The area remained closed so that a helicopter salvage operation could remove the wreckage safely without risk to the public. Recovery efforts have been delayed due to winter weather conditions and poor visibility.

The state hopes to remove the plane wreckage before Friday, but even if that is delayed, the area will still be reopened. The area may have to be closed for a day down the road to remove the wreckage.

For updates on the status of the area, go to theDNRs South Puget Sound Region Recreation web pageand follow the link to King County.

Those who died in the crash of the single-engine Cessna 172 were pilot Rob Hill, 30, Seth Dawson, 31, and LizRedling, 29.