Two people were killed when a single-engine Cessna 177 Cardinal airplane crashed at the Whidbey Airpark near Langley on Nov. 11, according to the FAA.
Sgt. Laura Price with the Island County Sheriff’s Office said the two occupants of the aircraft were able to contact the FAA prior to the crash and reported that the engine had lost power and the plane was going down.
At about 11:45 a.m., the FAA contacted Island County dispatchers and relayed that the pilot was trying to make it to the Langley airport.
Soon after, a witness reported that the plane had stalled over the Langley airfield and then crashed at the edge of the property. Specifically, the witness said that the airplane came from the west and flew over the runway, made a sharp turn and landed in the woods just at the edge of the airpark, the sheriff’s office reported.
Price said both the pilot and co-pilot died at the scene.
The pilot was Carl Dahlman of Seattle. He was 78 years old.
The co-pilot was Joshua McCormick of Edmonds. He was 25 years old.
Price said Dahlman had rented the aircraft from a flying club in Seattle. He was flying with the co-pilot to get an instrument rating when the accident occurred.
Officials from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were at the scene of the accident Thursday morning to investigate the cause.