Mystery Of Washington Crash Deepens

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Authorities in Washington State appear to be at least testing the theory that the disappearance of a Cessna 177B in the mountains of Washington was no accident. Although an aerial and ground search of the area where George Trupp’s plane dropped off radar near Yakima is continuing, the Yakima Herald Republic says the Civil Air Patrol also asked officials at area airports to look for the plane after some details of Trupp’s flight and his past came to light. According to the Yakima Herald Republic, Trupp is a convicted sex offender who’s awaiting trial on a charge of groping a woman and it’s also been reported that he had his dog in the plane—with a two-year supply of dog food. There’s been no ELT signal from the plane, which was rented from a business in Renton. There has also been at least one reported sighting of an aircraft similar to Trupp’s about half way between where it was last seen on radar and Yakima. Some comments made by his son Jim Trupp to KOMO News may also be fuelling speculation on his fate. "Honestly, I hope he just got tired and found a clearing and put down and maybe just decided not to come back," he said. "He should be fine and he's had a lot of survival training. He was in the Air Force."