This dispatch arrived overnight from John Wolff (we’ve received dispatches from John before):
Working headline: Maple Leaf Aviation Disaster
“The wreckage of missing light plane – a very light plane – was found Tuesday at the base of a transmission tower near Maple Leaf Park by a K-9 unit on routine patrol.
Rescuers have been unable to reach the crash site because it is inaccessible. “It’s near the summit of one of the highest peaks in Seattle, and surrounded by vegetation, terrain, and a chain-link fence,” complained a frustrated searcher.
Cause of the accident has not been determined, but it is believed that the aircraft hit the ground. “It may have struck the tower first – it might have been pilot error, navigation error, or both. Or it could have been a mistake,” speculated an FAA investigator off the record. “Normal flight paths are located either to the left or the right of immovable obstacles, but if these parameters are exceeded, an abrupt decrease in airspeed can result.”
Rescuers hope that a search dog will be able to reach the crash site Thursday if they throw a Cloud City doughnut over the fence into the enclosed area. “Nothing can stop a corgi if there’s food involved,” boasted Al, a Maple Leaf S.A.R. dog who asked that his last name not be used.
There have been no further reports from the theatre.