Sam's Valley Plane Crash Kills Pilot - UPDATE (Photo)
WHITE CITY, Ore. – A single-engine aircraft crashed this weekend in Sam’s Valley, Ore., killing the sole occupant. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and personnel from Fire District #3 were called to the scene of a small, single-engine Piper Tri-Pacer aircraft crash Sunday afternoon at the Beagle Sky Ranch Airport in White City, Ore. The aircraft went down while attempting to land at approx. 2:55 p.m., killing the aircraft’s pilot, Henry Levin, 80, of Medford, Ore. Levin’s next of kin has been notified.
The aircraft crashed in the backyard of a residence in the 15000 block of Jones Road in White City, Ore., clipping the top of several trees nearby. The crash ignited a small grass fire, which was quickly extinguished by citizens and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) personnel.
Federal authorities will investigate the crash circumstances. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been advised of the incident.
Federal authorities may release further information at a later time.