ALBANY, Ore. – Three men died when their small plane crashed Friday into a field near Albany, officials said.
The plane was a Lancair ES that had taken off from Salem at 10:05 a.m. en route to Klamath Falls by way of Eugene, said Mike Fergus, spokesman for the Northwest Mountain Region of the Federal Aviation Administration.
The plane was flying at about 13,000 feet when radar contact was lost at 10:17 a.m. The plane was reported down at 10:19 a.m., Fergus said.
Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller told the Albany Democrat-Herald deputies were at the scene attempting to remove the bodies.
Mueller told the newspaper the single-engine plane appeared to have spun to the ground and landed nose first.
Deputies were bringing in all-terrain vehicles because the field was too soggy for regular equipment.
FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators were heading to the scene.