Sunday, May 17, 2020

Accident occurred May 17, 2020 near Cascade Locks State Airport (KCZK), Hood River County, Oregon

CASCADE LOCKS, Oregon – A small plane crashed into the Columbia River on Sunday, May 17th and the two people who were onboard survived the crash, the Hood River County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies were called out at about 11:45 a.m. on reports of a single-engine plane crash in Cascade Locks near the marina.

The only two people who were in the plane - a man and woman from Bellevue, Washington - managed to swim to shore, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office said. They were both taken to Portland-area hospitals with minor injuries.

Witnesses said they saw the plane trying to land a the Cascade Locks State Airport, but it appeared that the aircraft landing gear wasn't down. The plane then "nosed over toward the river and skipped along the water," sinking near the middle of the Columbia River.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what led up to the crash.

No word on when crews will work to remove the plane from the river.


  1. Land in the water because of gear problem so you can drown that's a good hypothesis how about doing a little more story research.

    1. That camera is on the Locks Waterfront Grill, looking at the water off the end of runway 24, which is only 1800" long.

      Witness reports via media can be wrong. The video of the plane descending to the water could just as easily be after takeoff, which makes sense of retracted gear. They could have simply stalled after over pitching coming up out of the short field takeoff.

      Here is the map:,-121.8969441,2134m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x5495e76cc59da031:0x501a3f69bcf2229e!8m2!3d45.6711894!4d-121.8929208