A small plane, bound to Medford from Klamath Falls, crashed in the Southern Oregon Cascades Sunday, killing its two occupants.
Juan Canopii, 54, and Chantal Canopii, 60, both of Glendale, died in the crash near the Pacific Crest Trail in a remote part of western Klamath County.
An Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife trooper and a volunteer were working between Burton Butte and Old Baldy Mountain, south of Lake of the Woods, when they heard a low-flying airplane, sounding as if it had engine trouble, the trooper told officials. Low clouds hovered at treetop level so the plane couldn't be seen. Moments later, there was the sound of impact less than a mile away.
First responders, accompanied by Search and Rescue crews, were unable to locate the single-engine Cirrus SR-22 on Sunday. When the weather improved Monday morning, an OSP release said, a helicopter crew spotted the wreckage and rescuers made their way through the thick timber to the location, finding the two occupants dead.
Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into the cause of the crash.
OSP was assisted by Klamath, Jackson, Lake, Douglas, Del Norte and Siskiyou County sheriff's teams, Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Brim Aviation and members of the Oregon Air National Guard 173rd Fighter Wing.