April 27th, 2012|
April 27, 2012
Small-plane crashes usually occur on takeoff or on landing, but the plane crash south of Sisters, Oregon, on Monday did not fall into that usual scenario. It happened in the air, according to Bend Bulletin.
Two men were killed in the Lancair single-engine experimental aircraft–a 68-year-old man from Chicago, that the plane was registered to, and a 52-year-old man from Bend, Oregon.
On Monday morning, witnesses began calling the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office, saying that they heard an airplane in distress or that they saw an airplane falling from the sky.
Search and rescue crews traveled on foot and discovered the wreckage with the debris spread out over several hundred yards.
The sheriff’s office has contacted the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Fourteen people have died in 11 Lancair plane crashes in the last two years, according to the NTSB.
Of those fatal crashes, three have completed probable cause reports. Two were found to be pilot errors, but one was caused by a loss of engine power because of the failure of a crankshaft.
NTSB investigators say that it could take months for a probable cause to be determined in this case.