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Pilot accused of flying while drunk in Nevada crash

July 18, 2019
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This undated Mesquite Detention Center booking photo shows Ryan Raymond Dashiell, 41, of Spokane, Washington. Police in Mesquite, Nevada, say Dashiell escaped serious injury in the crash of a twin-engine Cessna 550 aircraft about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Mesquite Municipal Airport. Police say Dashiell was arrested on suspicion of flying while drunk. (Mesquite Police Department via AP)
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This undated Mesquite Detention Center booking photo shows Ryan Raymond Dashiell, 41, of Spokane, Washington. Police in Mesquite, Nevada, say Dashiell escaped serious injury in the crash of a twin-engine Cessna 550 aircraft about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Mesquite Municipal Airport. Police say Dashiell was arrested on suspicion of flying while drunk. (Mesquite Police Department via AP)

MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot from Washington state was arrested on suspicion of flying while drunk after a private plane crash and fire at an airport in Nevada.

Police say 41-year-old Ryan Raymond Dashiell of Spokane escaped serious injury in the crash of the twin-engine Cessna 550 Wednesday evening at Mesquite Municipal Airport.

Police Sgt. Wyatt Oliver says Dashiell was the only person aboard the aircraft. Firefighters doused flames and Dashiell was treated at a hospital and jailed pending an initial court appearance.

Jail records don’t reflect if Dashiell has an attorney.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the aircraft was traveling from Pasco, Washington, to Henderson Executive Airport near Las Vegas.

He says the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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