Wednesday, June 6, 2018

North Wing Solairus Trike: Fatal accident occurred June 06, 2018 near Lower Granite State Airport (00W), Colfax, Whitman County, Washington

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Ronny Weston


WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - A pilot from Cheney died early Wednesday morning after crashing his ultra-light aircraft on the Snake River, according to the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. 

Just after 7:00 a.m., deputies were notified of the crash after an employee of the Granite Dam found the wreckage. Deputies arrived on scene and found the single-occupant of the North Wing Solairus Trike, identified as 64-year-old Ronny Weston of Cheney, deceased. 

Deputies say it is believed Weston was camping at Boyer Park with family and had used the airstrip earlier that morning, leaving on a short flight at around 6:30 a.m. Weston had just recently acquired the aircraft and was an experienced pilot, according to family members who spoke with the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. 

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer confirmed with KHQ Wednesday night that Weston was a retired Spokane Firefighter. 

The Whitman County Coroner's Office is working with the Whitman County Sheriff's Office and will assist in determining the exact cause and manner of death. The FAA was advised of the accident. 

Our thoughts go out to Mr. Weston's family. 

Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.khq.com




A 64-year-old man died in a plane crash on the Snake River near Lower Granite Dam Wednesday morning.

A dam employee told Whitman County Sheriff’s deputies he had discovered wreckage of a small aircraft crash during his morning commute at about 7:30 a.m., according to a press release from Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers. The caller said he had saw parts of an aircraft at Boyer Park on his drive to work.

When officials arrived to the scene, they discovered and identified Ronny Weston of Cheney dead in the wreckage. They determined Weston as the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft, according to the news release.

Weston was flying a North Wing Solairus Trike and took off from the airstrip in the park. Family members told deputies Weston was an experienced pilot, according to the news release.

Officials have not released a cause of death or a cause for the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://dailyevergreen.com




COLFAX, Washington — A pilot was killed after an ultralight aircraft crashed near the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River around 7:15 a.m this morning.

An employee of the dam discovered the wreckage of the small aircraft on his way to work this morning. The employee told deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office that he observed a portion of the small aircraft on the railroad tracks east of Boyer Park, which caused him to be concerned. He then called 911.

Ronny Weston, 64, of Cheney has been identified as the pilot and sole occupant of the ultralight aircraft at the time of the crash. The North Wing Solairus Trike had been recently acquired. It is believed Weston was camping at Boyer Park with family and had used the airstrip earlier that morning, leaving on a short flight around 6:30 a.m. Family members told deputies Weston was an experienced ultralight pilot.

The Whitman County Coroner’s Office is investigating to determine the exact cause and manner of death. The FAA has also been advised of the accident.

Original article ➤  http://www.mycolumbiabasin.com

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