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Four people were killed Friday after a small plane crashed into a field and caught fire near Snohomish, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

“With assistance from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, investigators confirmed four deaths,” spokeswoman Courtney O’Keefe said in an email Saturday.

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According to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, the victims were Nate Lachendro, 49, of Gig Harbor; Scott A. Brenneman, 52, of Roy; David W. Newton, 67, of Wichita, Kansas, and Nathan W. Precup, 33, of Seattle.

The cause of death for all four victims was listed as blunt force trauma, and the crash has been ruled an accident.

Kenmore Air released a statement on Brenneman’s passing, noting that he was their chief pilot and had flown with the company since 2006.

Authorities initially reported that two people died in the Friday morning crash.

The crash involved four crew members who worked for Raisbeck Engineering, a Seattle-based company that designs and develops aircraft modifications, according to a statement from Hal Chrisman, the company’s CEO.

“At the time of the crash, (the aircraft) was under the command of two very experienced test pilots, both with over 10,000 flight hours, collecting baseline data for the aircraft’s performance,” Chrisman said. “The full crew of four also included a flight test leader and an instrumentation engineer.”

According to Chrisman, the aircraft had not yet been modified at the time of the crash, and Friday’s test flight was intended to help the company measure the plane’s baseline performance before any changes were made.

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He said the company will cooperate fully with authorities as their investigation into the crash continues.

The single-engine Textron 208B crashed at about 9:35 a.m. Friday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane went down in the middle of an uncultivated field in the 13600 block of US Highway 2, about a half mile from Harvey Field.

The site is difficult to access because of its rough terrain and vegetation and irrigation canals, Snohomish County Fire District 4 officials said.

First responders made several attempts to reach the plane with hand-held fire extinguishers, but crews were unable to get close enough to the plane to control the fire because the flames were too large and intense.

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More than 2,000 feet of hose was laid down by hand and water supplied by shuttle to contain the fire. Multiple crews and engines from agencies throughout Snohomish County responded.

Video from Chopper 7 showed firefighters extinguishing flames among the wreckage and aircraft parts and debris scattered across the field.

Many fire trucks and police vehicles were also seen along the highway.

US Highway 2 was closed from 88th to Westwick Road in Snohomish but has since reopened.

Smoke from the fire was reportedly seen from about a mile away.

The plane is owned by a charter company in Alaska and was leased to Raisbeck Engineering.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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