Michael Clements dies after plane crash in Spokane, Washington
Stony Plain pilot's Piper Malibu crashes shortly after take-off
Stony Plain pilot Michael Clements has died following a plane crash in Spokane, Washington, reports a spokesperson from Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
Clements died late Tuesday afternoon, said Jennifer Gilchrist. No cause of death was given.
Dramatic video from a body cam strapped to a Spokane police officer shows the desperate effort to save his life after his small aircraft crashed Sunday afternoon.
“Keep fighting, sir, keep fighting,” says an unnamed officer, as crew members pull Michael Clements away from the wreckage of his single engine Piper PA-46 Malibu.
“We’re going to need help on this airway on this guy, too,” shouts the officer.
Clements was then rushed to Sacred Heart Medical Center.
The U. S. National Transportation Safety Board says Clements was the pilot and only person aboard the plane.
Clements was flying from Spokane to Stockton, Calif., when his aircraft went down near a series of overpasses.
According to the NTSB, Clements reported a loss of engine power shortly after taking off. The direct cause of the crash has not been determined.
With files from Travis McEwan