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 of Portland and Jeff Earl Kropf of Halsey. Carter was a licensed private pilot. Kropf was a commercially licensed pilot.

A family spokesmen confirmed Kropf is the cousin of former state lawmaker Jeff Kropf.

Witnesses told Linn County investigators the wing came off the plane as it was turning left. The wing 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 aer home-built from a kit. 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.

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