Deadly Creswell plane crash witness speaks out

A witness to a deadly plane crash in Creswell is speaking out and said he saw the plane go down, and tried to save the pilot's life.

Posted: May 12, 2019 4:02 PM
Updated: May 13, 2019 10:20 AM

CRESWELL, Ore. -- A witness to a deadly plane crash in Creswell is speaking out and said he saw the plane go down, and tried to save the pilot's life.

Steve Aman said he, his family and friends were heading south on I-5 around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night when he said he saw the plane go down.

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Officials said the pilot was in an ultralight aircraft, which is a small plane that looks like a glider.

Officials did confirm no other passengers were on the plane.

Aman said he immediately called 911, and drove to find the crashed aircraft, and the pilot inside. He described the pilot as a man.

He said the plane was on a private residential pasture. He said he and his wife ran over to the plane and said the plane's engine was lying heavy on the man.

Aman said he took out a knife and tried to cut him out of the plane and even tried CPR. He said the man seemed unresponsive.

"I think it's hard on us in one aspect like you can't get some of the visuals out of your head like I don't think that will ever go away, but the hardest park for me is knowing one of the kids saw the wreck and, you know, he was upset about it, and just the fact that obviously the guy who passed away has family out there...I don't know if he has kids or parents or whatever that's what you think about," he said.

Aman said he stayed on the phone with dispatchers as he helped the man, and said when paramedics arrived, they thanked him for trying to save the man's life.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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