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Wreckage found in Washington search for missing plane from MN

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The wreckage believed to be of a small plane that took off from Minnesota has been found in Washington state, four days after it failed to arrive at its destination.

Washington transportation officials told Q13 Fox that a plane that took off from International Falls disappeared from radar Saturday evening, prompting the launch of a search effort in the North Cascade mountains.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the wreckage of what's believed to be that plane was found by teams on Wednesday.

The single-engine plane was carrying a man and a woman who were en route to Orcas Island on vacation, the newspaper notes. They were reported missing by their family Tuesday.

According to Komo News, the plane came down in an area of the mountains near where another small plane – from Montana – crashed at around the same time on Saturday. A 16-year-old girl survived that crash, but her two step-grandparents were killed.

There is said to have been inclement weather conditions in the area at the time. The two planes are not connected.

Local sheriff's deputies have taken over the search and is working to reach the site to make a positive identification of the plane and its occupants, the Duluth News Tribune adds.

The North Cascades cover an area of almost 16,000 square miles and its highest peak is the 10,781-foot volcano Mount Baker, according to mountain range website Peakbagger.

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