Two small aircraft collided near the Willamette River and the city of Newberg Tuesday afternoon. One plane went down immediately, killing the pilot. The other plane glided in for a landing in a farmer’s field just west of Champoeg State Park, just across the river from NE Wilsonville Road. It landed flat either without its gear down or its gear ripped away on first impact with the soft dirt. Two people climbed out unhurt. Looking at the photo closely it appears the twin engine aircraft may have had its entire nose section sheared off in the collision with the other craft.
The other plane crashed off Northeast Wilsonville road on the river’s north side, just north of Champoeg Park. The Willamette river runs between the two crash sites. A water search was underway for any sign of life or bodies in the river.
Local pilots say that stretch of the Willamette River, east of Newberg, is a very popular airway in that it follows the river through some very beautiful countryside. One pilot said that somedays it seems like it’s a conga line of aircraft following the river.
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