Quest Aircraft Chairman / Former Alaska Airlines CEO killed

SEATTLE (AP) - Former Alaska Airlines Chief Executive Bruce R. Kennedy, who led the company’s expansion as an international carrier before stepping down in 1991 to pursue humanitarian interests, was killed when his single-engine plane crashed into a high-school parking lot in central Washington, his wife said Friday.

The single-engine Cessna 182 crashed while trying to land in Cashmere, near Wenatchee, Wash., around 7 p.m. Thursday, and the pilot was dead at the scene, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. The plane hit a parked flatbed truck and a tree before coming to a stop a few feet from a house, then caught fire.