Sunday, February 25, 2024

Overdue aircraft found in wreckage at Windsor Hill, both pilots deceased


CHELAN - On Saturday, July 1 around 7:30 p.m, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received a report of an overdue aircraft which had left the Chelan Airport at approximately 6:30 a.m.

The aircraft, which had two occupants on board, was thought to be heading toward Douglas County or Okanogan County. The CCSO deployed their helicopter to try and search for the aircraft, but were unsuccessful recovering the airplane or missing people.

CCSO continued their search on Sunday, July 2 using coordinates from one of the occupants last cell phone signals. At 10:30 a.m, CCSO located the wreckage on Windsor Hill about one mile down river from Wells Dam in Douglas County.

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reported Monday morning that both pilots identified as 48 year old Eric Sarchet of Everett and 70 year old Bonnie Wallace of Central Point, Oregon were found deceased at the scene of the crash. Next of kin have been notified and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

As more information becomes available we will updated our story on our wesbite

Zach Johnson can be reached at or (509) 682-2213


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