Sheriff: Two dead in Brookings plane crash

The Curry County Sheriff's Office confirms that two people are dead following a plane crash near Brookings this afternoon. An investigation is still underway.

Posted: Apr. 18, 2019 5:54 PM
Updated: Apr. 19, 2019 2:29 PM


UPDATE: On Thursday April 18th, 2019 just after 4:00p.m., the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Brookings PD, reporting that they had received several calls about a possible airplane crash. Callers reported seeing a plane go down north of the Brookings airport near Henderson Road.

Sheriff’s Deputies along with Search and Rescue, Brookings Fire, Cape Ferello Fire and Harbor Fire Departments responded to the general area. A call was made to Cal Ore Life Flight and they were able to get two helicopters up in the air to search the area.

Around 4:45 p.m., the plane was found by the areal search team. Ground search crews responded and found two people in the plane, both identified as being from Del Norte County, California. Both people were dead when crews arrived. 

The NTSB and FAA investigators were notified and are making arrangements to travel to the scene to complete the investigation. At this point, the names of the two subjects are being withheld until the investigation is complete by the NTSB and FAA.

(Updated 04/18/19 at 10:39p.m.)

UPDATE: Curry County Sheriff John Ward confirms that two people died in the plane in Brookings just after 4:00PM today. No one on the ground was hurt. The two victims were said to be the only people onboard. Federal investigators have been called in to find the cause of the crash. 

(Updated 04/18/19 at 10:00p.m.)

INITIAL REPORT: Emergency crews have responded to a reported plane crash in Brookings, though many details remain unknown at this time.

The crash site appeared to be located somewhere between the Brookings airport and Henderson Road, on a large expanse of private property.

A deputy posted at an access gate to the property did confirm to NewsWatch 12 that there had been a crash somewhere beyond that point, but could not give any more details pending further investigation. 

This is a developing story, and this article will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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