Two die in plane crash after wing comes off in midair
SCIO, Ore. - Two men died in a plane crash Monday when the wing separated in midair from their experimental 2-seat aircraft.
The victims have been identified as Timothy Dean Carter, 46, of Portland and Jeff Earl Kropf, 45, of Halsey, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.
Carter owned the aircraft and had a private pilot license. Kropf had a commercial pilot license.
Witnesses reported seeing the plane eastbound, crossing Brewster Road, banking to the left over Highway 226.
While turning to the left, part of the wing became separated from the plane and fell onto Highway 226 north of Brewster Road.
The plane came to rest several thousand feet south of the intersection in a cow pasture.
The aircraft was a two seat experimental RV6 that was completed in 1996.
Investigators believe the aircraft departed the Lebanon Municipal Airport shortly before 3:30 p.m. on a pleasure flight.
The crash was reported to 911 at 3:37 p.m. Monday.
Firefighters from Lebanon and Scio responded to the scene.
As of 4:45 p.m., neither the Linn County Sheriff's Office nor the fire crews who responded were certain how many people were on board the plane or what exact type of aircraft crashed.
'The status of those on board is also unknown at this time," firefighters said in a press release.
KVAL News confirmed the two people aboard the plane perished in the crash at 7:37 p.m.
The Oregon Department of Transportation said Hwy 226 (the Albany-Lyons Highway) was closed 6 miles south of Scio until 8:30 p.m.
The crash did not occur on the highway but debris from the crash has landed on the highway, ODOT said.
Cheri Carter lives right across the highway from where the plane crashed.
"I saw a plane out in the field it was on its top and kind of bent up the front end," Carter said.
Carter said she and many other residents in Lebanon are still shaken up by what happened just hundreds of feet from where they live.
"It just bothers me to think that someone lost their life out there, it's sad," Carter said.