ALBANY, Ore. - Two people died Monday after their small plane crashed near Albany, according to Linn County sheriff's deputies.
Timothy Dean Carter, 46, of Portland and Jeff Earl Kropf, 45, of Halsey were the only occupants on the plane, Linn County Undersheriff Bruce Riley said.
Kropf was a cousin of former state lawmaker Jeff Kropf.
The plane crashed in a field near Brewster Road and Highway 226 at around 3:30 p.m., deputies said. Both men died on impact.
Carter was the owner of the two-seat experimental RV6, Riley said. Investigators think the plane took off from the Lebanon Municipal Airport just before 3:30 p.m. on a pleasure flight and crashed minutes later.
According to Riley, witnesses said the plane was banking left when part of one of its wings fell off and landed on the highway. The plane crashed several thousand feet south of Brewster Road and Highway 226 in a cow pasture.
The rural area is located about nine miles east of Albany.
The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.
Debris from the crash closed Highway 226 south of Scio until about 8:30 p.m.