Seaplane crashes near Oregon City, killing two on board
Story Published: Jul 28, 2007 at 3:50 PM PDT
OREGON CITY, Ore. - A seaplane that apparently broke up in midair crashed near Oregon City Saturday, killing two men inside, fire officials said.
Authorities identified one of the two men killed as 80-year-old David Howard Wiley of Lake Oswego. The other man's identification was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Witnesses said they saw the two-passenger, single-engine float plane take off from the Willamette River toward Willamette Falls and climb about 75 feet before it wobbled in the air and began a steep turn to the left, said Storm Smith, a Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue spokesman.
The plane's left wing then appeared to break, sending the aircraft into a cartwheel before it crashed nose down near the river's bank shortly before noon, Smith said.
Emergency crews found the plane on its top, partially submerged and with the tail resting on trees against the bank on the West Linn side of the river. Paramedics confirmed that both men on board were deceased.
Authorities identified the plane as a 1941 Taylorcraft float plane with a tail number of N13060.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were heading to the scene and were expected to lead the investigation into what caused the crash, Smith said.