Federal investigators arrive at scene of deadly plane crash

ALBANY, Ore. - Federal investigators arrived Tuesday on the scene of a plane crash that claimed the lives of two men Monday.

The victims have been identified as Timothy Dean Carter, 46, of Portland and Jeff Earl Kropf, 45, of Halsey, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

Carter owned the aircraft and had a private pilot license. Kropf had a commercial pilot license.

Kropf was the cousin of former state Rep. Jeff Kropf.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane eastbound, crossing Brewster Road, banking to the left over Highway 226.

While turning to the left, part of the wing became separated from the plane and fell onto Highway 226 north of Brewster Road.

The plane came to rest several thousand feet south of the intersection in a cow pasture.

The aircraft was a two seat experimental RV6 that was completed in 1996.

Investigators believe the aircraft departed the Lebanon Municipal Airport shortly before 3:30 p.m. on a pleasure flight.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The results of those investigations can take months if not years to complete, although preliminary findings often shed light on what caused an aviation accident.