Airplane Crashes Into the Deschutes River
Story by by Oregon Herald staff
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has video is asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at non-emergency dispatch 541-693-6911.
This incident (including circumstances around the crash and cause of death) is still under investigation by multiple agencies. No more information is available at this time.
Date: June 22, 2019
Released By: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager
On 06-22-19 at approximately 10:40 am, Deschutes County 911 recieved a call of a plane crash in the Deschutes River near Sunriver. The plane flipped onto its top and submerged. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (Patrol, Search and Rescue, and Marine Patrol), Sunriver Police Department, Oregon State Police and Sunriver Fire and Rescue responded.
Sunriver Fire and Rescue arrived and was able to rescue 5 subjects from the aircraft as it floated upside down. One of the subjects was rescued was a male occupant of the aircraft who was able to escape the aircraft. The other subjects had swam to the plane to assist the occupants. It was determined a male subject was still underwater and initial rescue efforts were unsuccessful. The remaining occupant in the airplane was believed to be deceased.
The surviving occupant was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening.
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue with swift water rescue technicians and rescue divers arrived. While being supported by Marine Patrol Deputies, divers were able to locate the second occupant of the aircraft deceased underwater.
Initial information indicates the plane had just taken off from Sunriver Airport. The aircraft, an amphibious float plane, flipped upside down upon contact with the water. The crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Any further information relating to the details of the crash investigation will be released by NTSB. The release of names of the occupants is pending notification of next of kin.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Sunriver Police and Fire, Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office.
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.