One Killed Travelling to Eclipse Viewing

Andrew Cummings
August 23, 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the small plane was approaching a central Oregon airport when it crashed, the Oregonian/Oregonlive reports.

The single-engine, homebuilt Wheeler Express crashed near the Madras airport around 1:50 p.m., said to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Closer to the crash on Northwest Burch Lane, pieces of a white plane were seen on one side of Willow Creek Canyon, a steep and seemingly rocky terrain with vegetation sprinkled throughout the area.

San Carlos Airport staff reported that the aircraft departed around 11am, and OR officials report that the aircraft crashed around 1:50pm, evidently making the flight non-stop.

Officials originally reported that two people died in the Saturday afternoon crash.

Campers have been gathering at the airplane terminal for Monday's shroud.

The plane went down about two days before a feverishly anticipated total eclipse traces its path across OR and other states to the east.

A small fire resulting from the crash was extinguished, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

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