Pilot dies in small plane crash on Whidbey Island

SEATTLE (AP) — A man who died when the small plane he was flying crashed on Whidbey Island has been identified.

Island County officials identify him as 63-year-old Marc Drake of Everett.

His passenger was taken to a Seattle hospital in critical condition after Saturday’s crash in dense woods near Langley.

KIRO-TV reports firefighters used chain-saws cut their way through the thick woods to reach the two-seat plane.

Officials say the plane crashed when the pilot tried to land.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.