Two dead in plane crash near Estacada Airport

Two dead in plane crash near Estacada Airport

Credit: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Ofc.

Two died when a small plane crashed near Estacada.

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by By TERESA YUAN / NWCN and NICK BRADSHAW, kgw.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:36 PM

ESTACADA, Ore-- Two people died when a small plane crashed near an airport in Estacada Tuesday Night.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the small plane went down Tuesday night around 7:30 p.m, killing both the pilot and passenger on board.

Rescue crews were called out and could see dense smoke in the sky. They followed the smoke and found the plane at 30751 SE Lawrence Road, not far from the runway.

The pilot made several calls before the Cessna 206 went down. He called 9-1-1 and a friend and said he was having electrical problems and all his equipment on board wasn't working.

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The pilot also called the airport. He asked them to turn on the runway lights for a reference point. The airport owner complied, but then heard the plane circling and didn't see any lights in the sky.

Within minutes, neighbors heard the plane crash.

"I thought it had to be louder than thunder. It sounded like thunder but it was way louder. I came out and didn't see any lights. It was pretty much dead silent. But, it was one of the loudest sounds i'd ever heard before," said Brittany Smith, a neighbor.

The Sheriff's Office said the plane was returning from somewhere in eastern Oregon. The Federal Aviation Administration had been alerted of the crash and expected to investigate the accident.

The names of the victims had not been released yet.

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