- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County coroner has identified the two victims of the plane that crashed near Oroville.

Coroner Dave Rodriguez says 88-year-old Albert Losvar of Loomis and 62-year-old Brian Downing of Surrey, British Columbia died in Thursday’s crash.

Rodriguez says both men were pilots and it’s not known who was at the controls when the plane went down. Losvar was the plane’s owner.

Rodriguez says the crash resulted in a large explosion that consumed most of the Cessna. He says the victims’ remains are being submitted for dental identification.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Officials said it left the Dorothy Scott Airport in Oroville at 8:45 a.m. Thursday but didn’t reach its destination at the Spokane airport.

The plane was discovered by crews responding to a forest fire in that area.


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