Small plane from Bend crashes; Navy crew safely rescues 2

Clark County

Plane with 2 people aboard lost contact at 3:47 p.m.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people were rescued near Jack Mountain in Clark County by a Navy search crew after their single-engine plane crashed Monday afternoon.

The plane took off from Bend on its way to Tacoma Monday afternoon, the Washington State Department of Transportation said. Authorities said the plane’s pilot told air traffic control in Portland the engine was rough and they were losing altitude. The last radar and voice contact was at 3:47 p.m. in forest land near Yacolt.

Search crews, including the Navy and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, rushed to the area where the last radar contact was known. No emergency beacon signal is being picked up, officials said.

The Navy searchers spotted the Piper around 9:30 p.m, officials said. One crew member from a CCSO’s Civilian Search and Rescue Team helicopter was lowered into the area and was able to confirm both the pilot and passenger were alive but had sustained minor injuries. Officials said they were able to walk to the clearing to be picked up by the helicopter.

Both the pilot and the passenger were hoisted by the Navy helicopter and taken to the Yacolt Primary School to treated for their injuries and given food and water. They have since been released from the hospital and picked up by a family.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing and will be conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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