Tim Carter, 46, from Portland, was a pilot and owner of the small experimental plane that crashed. His co-pilot was Jeff Kropf from Halsey who also had a commercial pilot license.
The FAA removed the mangled metal from a field near Scio along Highway 226 late Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses describe seeing a part of the wing fall off before the crash.
“Carter landed the plane at Lebanon. We’re not sure who took off from Lebanon airport, who was flying the plane at the time of the crash, that’s yet to be determined, but they were on a pleasure flight and about 10 minutes later was when we received the call that they had crashed,” said Bruce Riley, Linn County Undersheriff.
The highway was closed for a couple of hours last night and the f-a-a says it could be months before investigators figure out what happened.