Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Beechcraft B35 Bonanza, N5277C: Accident occurred September 23, 2019 in Gresham, Multnomah County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.


Date: 24-SEP-19
Time: 00:54:00Z
Regis#: N5277C
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

GRESHAM, Oregon — A small plane crashed in southeast Gresham on Monday evening, Gresham Fire officials said.

The crash was reported about 6 p.m. near the intersection of Southeast 182nd and Richey Road, which is primarily farmland and nurseries.

"I saw a plane that was coming down," said Rafael Dronca, who lives nearby. "It was moving to its left, to its right and then all of a sudden it was going down really quick. Once we didn't see it anymore, it just made a big loud noise like it crashed."

Initial reports state two men suffered serious injuries in the crash. Both were able to get themselves out of the plane before firefighters arrived on-scene.

One was taken to the hospital in a LifeFlight helicopter; the other was transported in a ground ambulance.

First responders commended the pilot and passenger for their efforts in bringing the airplane down in a less-populated area. One fire official expressed amazement at the fact there were no fatalities.

"It always amazes me when a plane comes out of the sky and people live from that," said Gresham Fire Battalion Chief Jason McGowan. "And not only they live from it but that they are conscious and talking to you. That's pretty incredible."

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

No official word on what caused the crash, or where the plane was heading.

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