EUGENE, Ore. – The preliminary report on a plane crash north of Eugene on May 20 has been released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The crash seriously injured pilot Bob Cross, 51, of Eugene.
The report states that the experimental McClure Glasair III had departed Aurora State Airport in Aurora, Ore., at about 10 a.m. and was heading for the Eugene Airport when it crashed at about 10:30 a.m.
Prior to the crash the pilot had been cleared to land at the Eugene Airport, and an air traffic controller had cautioned him about “wake turbulence,” according to the report.
During the approach the pilot reported, “going down, going down,” the report states. The plane crashed into an open field about 1.5 miles north of the airport.
The wreckage debris was found in tall grass in a field near Meadowview Road and Green Hill Road. The report states that the left-wing tip was the first identified point of contact. The wreckage debris field continued for about 50 yards to where the engine was found. All major components of the airplane were identified, the report said.
The NTSB did not travel to the scene of the accident, the report said.