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ODF plane downed during storm

In the midst of a storm that put agencies on high alert, an airplane contracted by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry made an abrupt landing in eastern Jackson County.

Neither the pilot nor the single passenger were injured Friday evening, when aircraft described as a the fixed-wing "air attack plane" was forced to land in eastern Jackson County at just before 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to a release issued by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry.

ODF spokeswoman Natalie Weber said she couldn’t share information about how the plane was damaged during the incident because of pending investigations with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. As of midday Saturday, no crashes in Oregon had yet been reported in NTSB or FAA databases, and ODF hasn’t released information about the plane or the names of the pilot and passenger.

Weber, however, said that the pilot and passenger both declined medical attention at the scene.

“We’re just glad that they were safe and able to land without getting hurt,” Weber said. “That’s a huge blessing.”

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