A small plane crashed Thursday afternoon north of Brookings, with at least one witness reporting it was acting peculiar in the air before it struck the ground.

A citizen on De Moss Road called in to say he’d heard a large “boom” and thought it might be a plane crash.

Firefighters, police, sheriff’s deputies, the sheriff and his search and rescue team all responded to the call, along with Dan Brattain in his Cal-Ore helicopter and another from the U.S. Coast Guard, one of which found the debris in the forest. The plane is believed to have crashed on remote South Coast Lumber property northeast of Henderson Road.

Radio traffic indicated the plane might have been low on fuel; later that evening it indicated there were at least two fatalities. It is not known how many people were on the plane.

At 10:30 p.m. Thursday Sheriff John Wardissued the following statement:

“Thursday April 18, 2019 at about 4:15 p.m., the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Brookings PD, reporting that they had got a couple calls about a possible airplane crash. Callers reported seeing a plane go down north of the Brookings airport near Henderson Road. Sheriff’s Deputies along with Search and Rescue, Brookings Fire, Cape Ferello Fire and Harbor Fire Departments responded to the general area. A call was made to Cal Ore Life Flight and they were able to get two helicopters up in the air to search the area.

“About 4:45pm, the plane was located by air and ground search crews made their way to the plane. There were two subjects in the plane and both were deceased. Ground crews were able to remove both subjects from the wreckage and were carried out of the area. Both subjects were from Del Norte County, California.

“The NTSB and FAA investigators were notified and are making arrangements to travel to the scene to complete the investigation. At this point, the names of the two subjects are being withheld until the investigation is complete by the NTSB and FAA. All inquiries or information about the plane crash should be directed to the NTSB.”

This is a breaking story and the Pilot will post more information as it becomes available.

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