Suspect in Port Townsend plane theft dies at Harborview Medical Center

Posted 8/27/20

Richard Jordal, the Richland man suspected of stealing an aircraft from the Jefferson County International Airport and then later crashing it near LaPush, has died of his injuries according to …

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Suspect in Port Townsend plane theft dies at Harborview Medical Center

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Richard Jordal, the Richland man suspected of stealing an aircraft from the Jefferson County International Airport and then later crashing it near LaPush, has died of his injuries according to officials at Harborview Medical Center.

A spokesperson for the hospital in Seattle said that Jordal succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the crash sometime in the morning of Thursday, Aug. 27.

Officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Jordal was suspected to have stolen the Cessna 150 from the airport in Port Townsend on the evening of Tuesday Aug. 18.

According to Detective Sgt. Brett Anglin of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, police received a call Aug. 18 about a suspicious man at the airport who had allegedly approached a plane owner wanting to rent an aircraft.

The man failed to produce any license or insurance when asked, and the plane owner refused to give him an aircraft and called police to report the incident.

The caller also told police that at the time the man asked to rent the aircraft, another plane was parked nearby; a blue-and-white Cessna 150.

The Cessna was later discovered missing.

Police were able to track the missing aircraft using its GPS signal as it flew west.

Anglin said the plane may have stopped briefly at the Bremerton National Airport before continuing west.

The GPS signal was lost about 20 miles north of Hoquiam and police were then unable to track or locate the plane. At about 10:30 p.m. Aug. 18, a witness reported a possible plane crash near the La Push area.

A morning search Aug. 19, by a Navy helicopter crew based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island found a downed plane.

Jordal was later airlifted to Harborview for medical treatment.

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