PRINEVILLE, OR -- UPDATE: Investigators have released the name of the pilot killed in Sunday's plane crash. 73-year old Bruce Myers of Bend was the pilot and owner of the experimental aircraft. Officials believe he was the only one on board. The "kit plane" - a single engine RV-9A aircraft crashed during takeoff at the Prineville Airport, Sunday afternoon.
January 12, 2015:
One person is confirmed dead after a small plane crashed at the Prineville Airport, Sunday afternoon. The plane was reportedly taking off from the airport at the time it crashed, just after 2 p.m. Sources tell KBND, the small "kit" plane was owned by a Bend resident. The identity of the pilot, and presumed sole occupant on board, has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
The plane crash occurred in low clouds and rainy conditions, although it is unclear if weather was a factor in the incident. The Crook County Sheriff responded to the scene, as well as the Medical Examiner, Oregon State Police troopers and Crook County Fire and Rescue Personnel. The NTSB is expected to investigate the cause of the crash. KBND News will have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.