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EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office on Friday released a few more details about a fiery plane crash east of White City that hospitalized the two men aboard.
Dispatch received a 911 call about the crash shortly before noon, reporting that a small fixed-wing aircraft had gone down between Yankee Creek and Meridian roads east of White City.
The caller reported that the plane was on fire, but the flames were not spreading to surrounding grass. Two men described as being in their "twenties" escaped from the crashed plane on their own, but both were injured.
Both men were taken to the hospital via Mercy Flights with injuries of unknown extent, some of which were reported to be serious. Fire officials did not believe that the injuries were life-threatening.
JCSO identified the two occupants on Friday as 24-year-old pilot Chad Guerin Stichter, and 23-year-old passenger Benjamin Andrew Rose — both from Grants Pass.
Early results from the investigation found that there was a mechanical issue with the plane during a flight from the small airport in Shady Cove to Ashland.
The plane itself was almost completely destroyed by the crash and resulting fire, though part of the tail section remained intact. Firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire.
The investigation has been referred to the Federal Aviation Administration, which is typical for any plane crash.