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Investigators: 1 Person — Not 2 — Dead After Madras Plane Crash


Smoke billows from the site of a plane crash in Willow Creek Canyon near the Madras airport, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.

Smoke billows from the site of a plane crash in Willow Creek Canyon near the Madras airport, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.

Chris Pietsch/Register-Guard

Only one person was killed in a plane crash Saturday near the Madras Municipal Airport, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday morning.

Investigators initially believed and told reporters that a pilot and a passenger were on board the small single-engine plane that flew into Oregon from the San Francisco Bay Area. But after further investigation overnight and making contact with owners of the plane, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins said the department is now “certain” there was only one individual on board.

“A reservation tied to the plane for two persons to stay in the local area originally suggested that the pilot and a passenger were on board,” Adkins said, in a prepared statement. “After talking to a family member who had originally planned to make the trip, but changed plans, we can confirm there was just one person on the flight,” he added.

Investigators have not yet identified the pilot or released any information about the potential cause of the crash. Many private aircraft are flying into Oregon this weekend for Monday’s solar eclipse. 

Read more at the Register-Guard.

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