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It was initially thought that there had also been a passenger on the craft, that a family member was to be flying with him. But authorities reported that the family member had decided to not make the trip.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: TONY AHERN - Members of the media set up to film the still-smoking site of a plane crash near Madras Sunday. The plane crashed Saturday, Aug. 19, killing a California man.An experimental aircraft crashed near the Madras Municipal Airport Saturday, killing the pilot.

The name of the diseased pilot had not been released as of Sunday morning. The plane was registiered to a Menlo Park, California, man.

It was initially thought that there had also been a passenger on the craft, that a family member was to be flying with him. But authorities reported that the family member had decided to not make the trip.

The crash occurred at about 1:50 p.m. Aug. 19 roughly a mile south of the airport, on the south face of the Willow Creek canyon, which runs from Madras westward to Lake Simtustus, which is behind Pelton Dam.

The crash occurred during a period when the Madras airport was extrememly busy. Rob Berg, the fixed-based operator of the airport, expected more than 400 planes to land during the days leading up to Monday's total eclipse.

The initial thought that two people had been on board came from the fact that there had been two eclipse-lodging-related reservations made in connection with the aircraft.

The plane had departed from the Bay Area Saturday morning.

Residents near the crash site reportedly heard what sounded like the plane having engine trouble shortly before hearing the sound of the crash in the canyon.

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