One dead in plane crash near Snake River

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

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 Solaris 16.8 ultralight aircraft 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.