A plane crash that killed a local pilot and a student is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The accident, involving Todd Norrish, 47, of Camas, and Jimmy Kravets, 17, of Vancouver, occurred near Goble, Ore. Their bodies were found by deputies with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, at 3:38 a.m. The crash occurred Wednesday evening.
The Sheriff’s Office received notification through Columbia 911 that a cell phone associated with a missing pilot was “pinging” in the area between Deer Island and Goble just before midnight.
Columbia 911 dispatchers, along with Columbia River Fire and Rescue personnel, members of the Oregon State Police, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard, assisted with the search and rescue effort.
“Clark County sent a marine patrol unit specially equipped for thermal imaging, and the Coast Guard was also en route with thermal imaging equipment when we located the downed aircraft,” Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said.