Dead in Small Plane Crash At Oregon

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An investigation continued Sunday one day after a small plane typically based at the San Carlos Airport crashed near an airport in Madras, Oregon.

The Statesman Journal newspaper reported that about 400 planes had been flying into that airport in advance of Monday's total solar eclipse. Most airports are requiring parking reservations for transient arrivals and are sold out.

Early news reports said the plane had departed the San Carlos Airport in San Mateo County. Although homebuilt, and therefore subject to extensive modification, the Wheeler Express customarily has sufficient useful load to fill its 92-gallon fuel tanks with 800 pounds to spare.

Flames engulfed the plane and it was completely destroyed, according to emergency officials.

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The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network has said the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash about 2 p.m. on Saturday about a mile south of Madras Municipal Airport.

The small fire that resulted from the crash is no longer a threat to the area and no other property was damaged.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash and witnesses are being interviewed by officials.

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