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May 30, 2023
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SAR Personnel Rescue Downed Pilot (Photo)
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SAR Personnel Rescue Downed Pilot (Photo)

PROSPECT, Oregon. - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue has concluded the successful search for a downed aircraft outside of the town of Prospect.


At about 6 p.m. on Monday the 28th, a 911 call was made to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon by the management of the Prospect Airport. A small experimental aircraft was thought to be missing or overdue.


Search and Rescue personnel from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and other surrounding agencies to include the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Prospect Fire Department, Mercy Flights, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, Civil Air Patrol, and Brim Aviation assisted in searching through the night. Weather hampered the ability for searching by air until the late morning, however ground crews remained on scene throughout.


A about 10:00 a.m. The crash was located roughly 2.5 miles from the airport by Brim Aviation. Steven Dawson Jr., 34, of Central Point, was sole occupant of the aircraft, and was evacuated to the Prospect Airport then transferred to the care of Mercy Flights.

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