NTSB: wing separated from plane before deadly crash in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH, Wash. — Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board now say the right wing of a plane that crashed in Snohomish County last week may have separated from the aircraft in midair.

The Cessna 208B crashed in a farm field near Harvey Airfield around 10:20 a.m. Friday.

The plane had departed from Renton about an hour earlier.

The crash involved four crew members working for Seattle-based company Raisbeck Engineering, according to a statement from Hal Chrisman, the company’s president.

>> First responders, witnesses react to fatal plane crash in Snohomish

According to Chrisman, the aircraft had not yet been modified at the time of the crash and Friday’s test flight was meant to help the company measure the plane’s baseline performance before any modifications would be made.

The right wing of the plane was located about 200 yards away from the fuselage, according to the NTSB.

Investigators are now looking through maintenance records and information about the two pilots’ licenses and ratings, as well as the plane’s history.

The NTSB says it expects to issue a preliminary report in two to three weeks, but the full investigation could take up to two years to be completed.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information that could be relevant to the investigation can contact the NTSB at witness@ntsb.gov.