Two people were killed when a plane crashed in Linn County Monday.
The crash was first reported around 3:30 p.m. Investigators said it involved a small, private plane that crashed in a field near Highway 226 and Brewster Road about nine miles east of Albany.
The victims have been identified as Timothy Dean Carter, 46 years old of Portland and Jeff Earl Kropf, 45 years old of Halsey.
Carter was the owner of the aircraft and had a Private Pilot License. Kropf had a Commercial Pilot License. Both Carter and Kropf died upon impact. Their bodies were taken to Fisher Funeral Home in Albany.
Kropf, happened to hold the same name as his cousin, former state representative Jeff Kropf.
Through the former representative's facebook page, Kropf wrote this about his cousin's death:
"Another bit of sad news today. It appears through my relatives that my cousin who holds my same name, Jeff Kropf from Lebanon Oregon, was killed today in an airplane crash near the small town of Crabtree outside of Lebanon. My prayers for his wife and children."
Kropf tells FOX 12 that his cousin was a former pilot and musician, and in his free time gave disabled kids rides on his plane.
The Oregon Department of Transportation said Highway 226 was closed about six miles south of Scio. The crash did not happen on the highway, but ODOT said debris from the plane crash went on the roadway.
Witnesses reported seeing the plane eastbound, crossing Brewster Road, banking to the left over Highway 226.
While turning to the left, part of the wing became separated from the plane and fell onto Highway 226 north of Brewster Road. The plane came to rest several thousand feet south of the intersection in a cow pasture.
The aircraft was a two seat experimental RV6 that was completed in 1996.
Investigators believe the aircraft departed the Lebanon Municipal Airport shortly before 3:30 pm on a pleasure flight.
Crews re-opened the highway just before 9pm Monday.
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