The Benton County Sheriff's Department responded to a downed plane at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain on Sunday.

The Benton County Sheriff's Department reported the incident on their Facebook page with this statement:

Our office responded to the Hanford site this afternoon reference a single prop plane that had crashed at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain. The two occupants of the plane were uninjured in the incident, but the plane was heavily damaged. From their statements, the occupants were checking out the Elk in the area, got too low and a gust of wind caught the plane causing it to veer into the ground.

Notifications were made to the FAA and Hanford Patrol. Our office will be handling the collection of information and assisted by Wildlife Fish and Game with photos. Due to the on-going investigation, we are not releasing any names at this time. From those involved, it does appear to be an accident at this time and does not appear to be impairment-related.

Luckily no one was hurt.


We are still awaiting names and photos on the incident but as soon as we get them, we'll post an update for you.

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