The wing of an experimental plane came off causing the plane to crash east of Albany.
46-year-old Timothy Dean Carter and 45-year-old Jeff Earl Kropf of Halsey were killed in the crash of an experimental aircraft east of Albany.
Witnesses reported seeing the plane eastbound, crossing Brewster Road, banking to the left over Highway 226. While turning to the left, part of the wing became separated from the plane and fell onto Highway 226 north of Brewster Road. The plane came to rest several thousand feet south of the intersection in a cow pasture.
The aircraft was a two seat experimental RV6 that was completed in 1996. Investigators believe the aircraft departed the Lebanon Municipal Airport shortly before 3:30 pm on a pleasure flight.
Kropf was a cousin of former Oregon state lawmaker Jeff Kropf.
The Linn County Sheriff's Office is coordinating the ongoing investigation with the FAA and NTSB. The Scio Rural Fire District assisted on scene with extrication. LCSO was further assisted on scene by members of the Multi Agency Investigation Team with representatives from the Oregon State Police, Linn County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, the Albany Police Department and the Lebanon Police Department.