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Plane Crash North Of Harrisburg Claims Four Lives

Collin Andrew
The Register Guard

A single-engine plane crash outside Harrisburg this morning killed four people.  

The Piper PA-46 aircraft hit about 10 miles north of the Eugene Airport before 11 am.  Emergency crews and law enforcement were sent to a field off Peoria Road.  A photo from the Eugene Register-Guard's coverage of the incident shows Linn County deputies surveying the wreckage in a field. 

Speaking near the crash site, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley told reporters what they know so far. 

“At this point we don’t know what the cause of the crash is," says Riley.  "Whether it’s weather related or mechanical difficulties, it’s too early to tell that.  But we are conducting an investigation. 

Credit Gerard van der Schaaf / Flickr.com
The plane was reportedly a Piper PA-46, like the one shown here.

"We’re going to try and determine of course what happened, who’s inside, where they left, where they were headed, that sort of thing.  We need to make notification of next of kin.” 

Sheriff Riley says both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are en route to conduct their own investigations. 

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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