Aviation authorities contend a Spokane private pilot was drunk when he took off from Pasco headed for Henderson Executive Airport near Las Vegas before crashing and starting a fire at a municipal airport in Mesquite, Nevada.

41-year old Ryan Dashiell of Spokane was the only person on board the fiery crash, amazingly escaping any serious harm, as firefighters doused the flames of the twin-engine Cessna 550.

Dashiell was arrested and booked into the clink on a flying under the influence charge after being cleared by the hospital.

Pilot Under Influence Arrest
Mesquite Detention Center

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Dashiell has been a certified airline transport pilot since at least 2001, according to FAA records.

Previously, he was charged with a DUI in Spokane County District Court in 2007, but he was convicted of negligent driving and sentenced to serve 90 days in jail

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