UPDATE: Two die in plane crash on Warm Springs Reservation
Two people perished in an airplane crash Saturday on the Warm Springs Reservation.
Warm Springs Police Lt. Ron Gregory said Sunday afternoon that officers were able to get to the crash site about 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10.
"There were two people on board the plane at the time and unfortunately, both perished in the crash," Gregory said. "We're still trying to gather info on the owner of the plane, who was on board, etc. We've been in contact with FAA and NTSA, relaying information as it comes available."
He said that due to the remote location, radio communication is unreliable, and cell phone reception is spotty.
"As the day turned to night, our crews did not have the necessary tools to get through, so they resumed the following morning, spending about eight hours locating the crash site and searching the wreckage," Gregory said.
Crews recovered the remains of at least two individuals. Release of name information is pending, confirming the identification and notification of their families.
Gregory said the plane had departed from Troutdale en route to Boise, Idaho, carrying the pilot and at least one passenger. The crash portion of the investigation will be handled by National Transportation Safety Board.
A small passenger jet crashed on the Warm Springs Reservation Saturday afternoon, initiating search and rescue efforts. The condition of the passengers has not been released.
According to a news release from Warm Springs Police Chief Bill Elliott, at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 9, the Warm Springs Dispatch Center received a report from Seattle Air Traffic Control of a possible plane crash within the boundaries of the reservation in the area of the Mutton Mountains.
The plane was described as a Cessna Citation 560 passenger jet capable of transporting up to 11 passengers. The exact number of passengers in the plane has not been confirmed. The crash was confirmed by a United States Air Force military flyover as well as an Oregon State Police aircraft.
Warm Springs Police responded with the assistance of Warm Springs Fire and Safety, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Wasco County Search and Rescue.
The crash site is near the S390 Road accessible using the S300/Highway 3 from Schoolie Flat/Simnasho. Elliott said road conditions make access difficult due to snow and mud. Officers utilized ATVs to reach the crash site.
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