Eugene man injured when plane crashes into country music festival site

The plane went down next to the main stage.

Posted: Aug 20, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2018 6:52 AM

BROWNSVILLE, Ore. -- A Eugene man was taken to the hospital after his small airplane crashed Monday afternoon at the site of the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival near Brownsville.

Callers reported the crash after 4:30 p.m., and deputies with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office responded.

The sheriff’s office said John Loomis, 69, was flying a 1992 fixed wing single engine experimental aircraft. Loomis said he was taking photographs of the area and festival site.

One man told KEZI 9 News the aircraft was flying extremely low before impact. The plane came to rest upright against the festival fencing where the VIP beer garden had been.

The man who witnessed the crash added no one on the ground was injured and medics used the Jaws of Life to remove Loomis from the cockpit. He said Loomis appeared confused and shaken.

An ambulance transported Loomis to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield with minor lacerations and a complaint of back pain, the sheriff's office said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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