plane crashThe Bonner County Sheriff’s office confirms a northwest Arizona couple was aboard a Cessna 182 that crashed in the Cabinet Mountains near the town of Hope, Idaho last Thursday. An agency news release indicated the possibility of a crash was evident when the airplane’s Emergency Locator Transmitter beacon activated at 8:26 a.m, just ten minues after takeoff from Bird Field, bound for Minot, North Dakota.

Authorities recovered the remains of the pilot Dr. Pamela Bird, 58, Sandpoint, Idaho, and front seat passenger Tookie Hensley, 80, Mohave Valley. The Sheriff’s office said Hensley’s husband Donald, 84, was also aboard the aircraft but that his remains were not initially recovered.

The agency declined to clarify whether any search for Mr. Hensley’s remains was ongoing or suspended. The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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