ALBANY -- A small plane crashed into a field east of Albany late Monday afternoon when a wing fell off, according to deputies with the Linn County Sheriff's Office. The people aboard both died in the crash.
They were identified as pilot Timothy Dean Carter, 46, of Portland (pictured below) and Jeff Earl Kropf,45, of Halsey. Carter was a licensed private pilot. Kropf was a commercially licensed pilot.
Kropf was the cousin of former Oregon legislator and radio talk show host of the same name Jeff Kropf.
The Albany-Democrat Herald reported that pilot Kropf was well known in the mid-Willamette Valley. He went by the name Tebo and loved to fly. Kropf, who also went by Tim Corban, was office manager at LebanAir Aviation, the paper reported.
He took a number of young people on first flights as part of the Experimental Aircraft Program Young Eagles flight program, the paper reported. He also had recently taken a 101-year-old man for a free flight.
Witnesses told Linn County investigators the wing came off the plane as it was turning left. It fell onto Highway 226 and the plane crashed into a nearby field. Both men were killed on impact.
The plane reportedly left Lebanon Municipal Airport around 3 p.m. for a pleasure flight and went down about 3:30 near Brewster Road and the highway.
The FAA says it was an RV-6 single-engine experimental plane that crashed. That models are home-built from a kit provided by Van's Aircraft of Aurora, Ore. This one was completed in 1996.
The Oregon Department of Transportation closed the highway due to debris from the crash on Highway 226 and it remained closed for about five hours for the crash investigation.