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WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has identified a local man who was killed when his small plane went down northeast of Sams Valley in the Beagle community on Sunday.
80-year-old Henry Levin of Medford was the pilot and sole occupant of the single-engine Piper Tri-Pacer that crashed near the Beagle Sky Ranch Airport. His next of kin has been notified.
Sheriff's deputies and firefighters responded to the scene shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, finding the site of the crash in the backyard of a home in the 15000-block of Jones Road. The plane had clipped several nearby trees and ignited a small grass fire after impact. Nearby residents were able to begin extinguishing the fire before crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry arrived.
JCSO said that authorities from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified and will investigate the circumstances of the crash.