News Plane Crashes — 10 May 2017

A 79-year-old Klamath Falls man was killed Wednesday morning when the small plane he was piloting crashed into a field about a mile from the community’s airport, Sheriff Chris Kaber said.

The crash was reported around 10:50 a.m. in a field north of the South Side Bypass near Homedale Road, about a mile north of the Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport. Kaber said.

The pilot, who was alone in the aircraft, was identified by the sheriff as Abraham “Dutch” Van Rood of Klamath Falls.

Kaber said witnesses reported seeing the plane, registered as an experimental aircraft, flying erratically moments before the crash.

The pilot, who was alone in the aircraft, was identified by the sheriff as Abraham “Dutch” Van Rood of Klamath Falls.

Kaber said witnesses reported seeing the plane, registered as an experimental aircraft, flying erratically moments before the crash.

Several public safety agencies responded to the scene, and the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board also were contacted to conduct an investigation.

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1:49 p.m. UPDATE — The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office has identified the pilot as 79-year-old Abraham “Dutch” Van Rood of Klamath Falls.

11:45 a.m. UPDATE — Police have confirmed that one person was killed in the crash.

Initial information says the small plane crashed into an alfalfa field just short of the airport at approximately 10:40 a.m. The crash was near a residential area, but didn’t hit any homes.

Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber believes the occupant was the only victim. The person’s identity has not yet been released.

Crews respond Wednesday morning to fatal small plane crash near Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport

Crews respond Wednesday morning to fatal small plane crash near Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A small plane has crashed near Oregon 39, six miles east of Klamath Falls.

According to road officials, the westbound shoulder of the road is being impacted.

The crash may cause minimum delays. Use caution in the area.

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