Two injured after plane crashes, catches fire near Eagle Point

Firefighters said that two people were aboard and were hurt, but the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Posted: Jan 21, 2021 12:50 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2021 5:23 PM

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Two people were hurt after a small plane crashed near Eagle Point and caught fire on Thursday, according to officials with Jackson County Fire District 3.

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.

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.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the aircraft was believed to be a local flight. Deputies are now working with the Federal Aviation Administration on the investigation into the crash.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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