Retired Spokane firefighter killed in aircraft crash on Snake River

Retired Spokane firefighter killed in aircraft crash on Snake River

A retired Spokane firefighter was killed early Wednesday morning after his ultralight aircraft crashed on the Snake River near the Lower Granite Dam.

64-year-old Ronny Weston of Cheney was found dead inside the ultralight aircraft around 7:15 a.m. after a Lower Granite Dam employee discovered the plane wreckage on his way to work. The employee told deputies he saw a portion of the small aircraft on railroad tracks just east of Boyer Park.

It is believed Weston was camping with family members at Boyer Park and had used the airstrip earlier in the morning. He was flying a Solaris 16.8 ultralight aircraft.

Family members say Weston was an experienced ultralight pilot.

The SFD Family and I are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Retired Firefighter Ron Weston today. While I have not been successful in reaching the family yet, please know that they are all in our thoughts and prayers. Whitman CO Sheriff Office is the contact for the incident. pic.twitter.com/UaRawD2760

— Brian Schaeffer (@SpokaneFire) June 7, 2018