Local plane crash leaves behind grieving family, friends
STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. — The Stevens County Coroner’s Office has not yet released the names of the three people killed in a plane crash Friday, but online posts from family and friends are painting a devastating picture of the lives lost.
GoFundMe pages have been set up and made public for the families of Diego Senn and Joochan Austen Lee. Senn is described as an instructor for Moody Aviation and Lee as a student. The third victim has not been named online.
Moody Aviation, an organization dedicated to training students to become missionary pilots and mechanics, confirmed the loss of three of its members in the crash Friday. Moody Aviation has not yet shared the names of the victims, but friends and alumni of the program are remembering Senn and Lee.
On the fundraising pages and social media posts, both men are remembered for their faith and dedication to their families.
Friends of Senn say he leaves “a legacy of faithfulness.” A fundraising page say he is survived by his three children and pregnant wife.
Family calls Lee “a faithful servant of God” and “the best brother-in-law that one can have.” One of the fundraising pages says Lee was just about to start a family of his own with his wife, who is expecting their first child.
Lee’s family says they’re praying for “peace, comfort and restoration to all who are deeply grieving.”
The men have family from all over the world trying to get to Spokane for their funerals and to support their families. At the time of this writing, the pages raised a combined total of more than $50,000.
The National Transportation Safety Board is still searching for answers and witnesses surrounding the fatal crash. Fabian Salazar, an air safety investigator, told KXLY4 the NTSB will bring the remains of the plane to a wreckage facility in Seattle to examine it more closely.
The NTSB said a preliminary report on the crash will be published in about two weeks. The Stevens County Coroner’s Office estimates the victims’ names will be released in the next week.
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