Bodies of Salem father, son found with plane wreckage

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Jared Scott Sabin, 44, and Gavyn Scott Sabin, 19, died in the crash

A remote part of Mt. Hood National Forest scarred by recent wildfires where a small plane is thought to have crashed on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The remains of a father and son have been found, along with the wreckage of a small plane in a remote part of Mt. Hood National Forest, deputies said.

The Cessna 150 was carrying a father and son — Jared Scott Sabin, 44, and Gavyn Scott Sabin, 19, both of Salem — when it left Salem on Monday. The pilot, Gavyn Sabin, planned to stop in Troutdale before continuing on to Idaho and then Utah, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

But during the flight, Gavyn contacted aircraft controllers and said ice was starting to form on the plane amid bad weather. He said he wanted to change destinations and controllers lost contact with the plane a few minutes later.

A large search and rescue mission was launched involving multiple agencies, including a pararescue team with the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command and a Navy helicopter.

The search was hindered by treacherous, steep terrain burned by wildfires in September. Wreckage was spotted Thursday in the Fish Creek area and rescuers on the ground reached the site by about 2 p.m. The remains of two men were recovered and autopsies on Friday confirmed their identities.

The Oregon Civil Air Patrol said Gavyn Scott “was a commercial rated pilot who had been active in the Salem Composite Squadron of the Oregon Wing for several years.”

“This is a painful loss, and we share this burden in our wing family,” said ORWG commander Col Nick Ham.

Jared is survived by his wife and three children. Gavyn is survived by his mother, his three siblings, and his fiancée. A GoFundMe page has been set up to support their family.

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