Small plane crashes into roof of Auburn business, killing its pilot

Plane crash into Auburn building’s roof kills pilot

A small plane crashed through the roof of a warehouse in the Auburn business park at 425 C St. NW shortly after noon on Thursday, June 6, killing its pilot.

On June 10, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the pilot as 43-year-old Jesse Dean Norling, of Auburn, and listed the cause of his death as “blunt force injuries of head and neck.”

The report determined that the crash was an accident.

Auburn Police said Norling was the only person in the plane at the time. According to the website Unsplash, the craft was a Van’s RV-12, a variety of homebuilt airplane.

According to the Valley Regional Fire Authority, plane fuel had leaked into the warehouse building, so on-scene firefighters called in Hazmat crews to clean up.

Some employees were in the building at the time, far short of the usual contingent of about 250, as the company was in the process of moving. Everyone got out safely, and no injuries were reported, according to police.

The Auburn Police Department and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.