SEATTLE, Washington. UPDATE: April 1, 2016. The pilot of a Beechcraft model 1900 lost power with 9 people aboard including crew. The pilot made an emergency landing on a clear hillside near Capital State Forest with a quarter mile of field-runway. However, the aircraft ran into a dense patch of trees. The props broke through dense brush and caught the craft on fire. Two passengers were thrown from the plane with serious injuries. The others escaped with minor injuries. Within a minute the Beechcraft caught fire and exploded in the dense brush.
The aircraft site is some 2200 feet above sea level and is often hampered by dense fog, according to Sea Tac spokesman Larry Morrison.
One of the passengers on board was the editor of The Oregon Herald, who is recovering in an Olympia hospital and should return to his duties within a week.