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Seven found killed in US small plane crash

Rescuers have found seven bodies after a US small plane carrying 10 people crashed in the Cascade mountains of the Washington state.

world Updated: Oct 09, 2007 16:35 IST
Xinhua

Rescuers have found seven bodies after a US small plane carrying 10 people crashed in the Cascade mountains of the Washington state.

Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin on Monday said in a statement that seven of the 10 on board "have been found deceased".

The statement said recovery efforts had been suspended for the night and were to resume on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Yakima Valley Emergency Management said it believed there were no survivors and that authorities had notified the families of the victims.

The plane went missing on its route from Idaho to Shelton, Washington, authorities said.

The Cessna 208 Caravan left Boise, Idaho around 7 pm on Sunday but did not arrive at Shelton as scheduled, according to aviation officials.

A hunter reported seeing a low-lying plane and a possible crash, said Nisha Marvel, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

Rescue workers were dispatched to the scene where they found the wreckage and the bodies of the seven victims.