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NTSB issues preliminary report on double-fatal Linn County plane crash

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Gerd Altmann

Federal transportation officials have issued a preliminary report into a plane crash that killed two people in Linn County last week.

The single-engine, amateur-built plane came down just after 2 p.m. on August 21 near Scio. The pilot of the plane, 78-year-old Dennis Jackson of Independence, Oregon, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Amy Jackson, died later in the hospital. Officials did not list an age for Amy Jackson.

Witnesses told the National Transportation Safety Board that the plane was on its third low pass over the area, and went into a barrel roll shortly before the crash. Another witness said he thought he heard the airplane hit the top of a tree before it entered its fateful descent.

Investigators said a video taken by an eyewitness indicates the engine was operating before the crash and that the plane hit the ground at a 45-degree angle.


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018 and became News Director in March, 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”