Canby pilot, award-winning author dies in plane crash near rural air park in Clark County
BATTLE GROUND, Wash. – An award-winning author from Canby, Ore. died Sunday afternoon in a plane crash at Daybreak Field in Clark County, the sheriff’s office said.
The crash was reported about 1 p.m. near the rural grass air field along the East Fork Lewis River on NE Daybreak Road, located between La Center and Battle Ground.
Emergency crews arrived to find the aircraft - a Piper Super Cub "tail dragger" style plane - crashed in some trees just south of the grass field.
The sole occupant of the plane, identified as Mary Rosenblum, 65, of Canby, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
According to the Oregon Pilots Association, Rosenblum was an avid pilot and former president of their group.
Rosenblum was also the author of award-winning science fiction novel, Horizons.
She helped new artists get published and ran a small publishing company in Canby.
Investigators say one of Rosenblum's friends was flying a different aircraft in the area, however the friend did not witness the crash. The other pilot told deputies that he or she had flown to other spots earlier in the day.
Friend and fellow pilot Katie Braun says Rosenblum "gave endlessly to the pilot community."
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. Family members have been notified of Rosenblum's death.