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Two victims in Nov. 18 Snohomish test flight plane crash were from Gig Harbor and Roy

News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. logoNews Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. 11/24/2022 Craig Sailor, The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)

Nov. 24—Two of the four occupants killed Nov. 18 when their plane lost a wing and crashed during a test flight in Snohomish County were Pierce County men.

Scott A. Brenneman, 52, of Roy, and Nate Lachendro, 49, of Gig Harbor, were killed in the accident, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday.

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

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

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

According to a donation website, Scott Brenneman left behind a "loving family, adoring dog and numerous friends and colleagues in the aviation community."

Raisbeck was leasing the single-engine Cessna Grand Caravan 208B EX to collect "baseline aircraft performance data," according to a statement from the company's president, Hal Chrisman.

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

The plane left from Renton around 9:30 a.m., the federal agency said. About an hour later the plane's right wing fell off, sending the aircraft spiraling to the ground, according to one witness. The wing was found about 200 yards from the wreckage, the NTSB said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB are investigating the crash.

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

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