Pilot in fatal plane crash was 69-year-old Kent man

A pilot flying a Cessna near Covington who was killed in a crash on May 9 was officially identified Tuesday by the King County medical examiner as Roger N. Thompson, a Kent resident. He was 69 years old.

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A pilot flying a Cessna near Covington who was killed in a crash on May 9 was officially identified Tuesday by the King County medical examiner as Roger N. Thompson, a Kent resident. He was 69 years old.

The single-engine airplane crashed into the house of Rosemary Devoni, destroying a portion of the garage before plunging into the home’s yard and bursting into flames shortly after taking off from nearby Crest Airpark. Firefighters from King County Fire District 44/Mountain View Fire and Rescue extinguished the flames and kept them from spreading to the residence.

Devoni was in the house but wasn’t injured.

Thompson’s cause of death was listed by the medical examiner “as skull, sternal, rib, pelvic and long bone fractures,” plus internal injuries and blunt force to his head, torso and extremities, all suffered in the crash.

The house struck by the plane is a few blocks south of the intersection of Covington-Lake Sawyer Road and 180th Avenue Southeast, about two miles southeast of downtown Covington.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the accident.

Staff writer Kris Hill contributed to this report.

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