Pilot killed after small plane crashes in Willow Creek Canyon

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A small plane crashed in the Willow Creek Canyon area Saturday afternoon, killing its pilot.

At 1:54 p.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was notified by dispatchers of the plane crash.

Jefferson County Emergency Manager Mark Carman confirmed the plane went down approximately one mile south of the Madras Airport runway, the plane's original destination.The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a single-engine, homebuilt Wheeler Express.

Emergency personnel responded to the crash site on the south side of the Willow Creek Canyon and found the plane fully engulfed in flames.

BREAKING: JeffCo Sheriff says they are headed to a possible plane crash off Willow Creek Rd near Madras. pic.twitter.com/HiD8liqQIT— John Hendricks (@JohnKPTV) August 19, 2017
There is a decent size fire burning in the canyon. First responders headed to the scene of a possible plane crash near Madras. pic.twitter.com/pt3mEDaVVV— John Hendricks (@JohnKPTV) August 19, 2017

Investigators initially believed a passenger was on the plane, but later determined the pilot was flying alone.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

JeffCo Sheriff's Office says two people killed in plane crash near Madras. pic.twitter.com/NSrjIE5jur— John Hendricks (@JohnKPTV) August 19, 2017

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash and witnesses are being interviewed by officials.

The small fire that resulted from the crash is no longer a threat to the area and no other property was damaged.

Many people are in Madras for viewing Monday’s total solar eclipse as the town is in the path of totality.

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