UPDATE: Small private plane crash in Medford neighborhood

The plane crashed into vehicles and trees on Whittle Avenue in Medford.

Posted: Jun 8, 2019 2:50 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2019 6:38 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- A small private plane crashed into vehicles and trees on Whittle Avenue in Medford on Saturday. 

Medford police have closed both lanes of traffic on the block where the plane crash happened due to people taking pictures and videos on their phones while driving.

Medford police said two people were on board both their injuries are non life threatening but they were taken to the hospital. A federal investigation is taking place now to determine what caused the plane to crash. Police say they are standing guard over the plane that will stay in the front yard until the investigation is over.

NewsWatch 12 talked with homeowner Paula Gibson who called 911 after a plane crashed in her front yard.

"It came across over the top of this house next door, and it took out like a third of this tree and then it hit the top of my car, the little blazer, then it jumped over and hit the top of my sons new van, he just got it, and then it hit that tree and I guess it kinda t boned on the tree," says Gibson, "my son ran out and I started calling 911 and he ran out to see if he could get anybody out of the plane but they were crawling out by the time he got out there."

Gibson's son wasn't the only one at the scene before first responders arrived, many neighbors saw the plane crash and ran to help. Daniel Gutfield was in his backyard when he noticed the plane flying low to the ground.

"I saw the wing of a plane clip a couple of these trees and I thought a car was towing a plane because there was no sound, then I heard a thud and ran over and hopped a fence and some guy was yelling call 911. The pilot was crawling out there was gas leaking," says Gutfield.

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