Pilot and passenger identified in Eagle Point plane crash
Local police and Federal Aviation Administration officials have released new information about the plane that crashed and burned in a field outside Eagle Point city limits, and the two occupants who survived with only minor injuries.
The plane that crashed just before noon Thursday into rural private properties near Meridian and Yankee Creek roads was a Maloney M1 fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft built in 1998, according to the FAA,
The aircraft was certified airworthy in July 1999, according to the FAA registry, and was registered to Chad Guerin Strichter of Grants Pass on Nov. 6 of last year.
Strichter, 24, had set off on a trip with passenger Benjamin Andrew Rose, 23, also of Grants Pass.
They reportedly departed from Shady Cove en route to Ashland when the plane encountered an as-yet unknown mechanical issue, according to a follow-up release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
The FAA’s preliminary accident report issued Friday simply states that the aircraft “crashed in a field under unknown circumstances” near Eagle Point.
The FAA accident report states that Strichter and Rose each sustained only “minor” injuries in the crash.
The federal accident report does not include further details about the extent of their injuries, but the FAA defines minor injuries as the lowest on its injury scale and typically includes “superficial” abrasions, sprained fingers, first-degree burns or head injuries that cause nothing more serious than temporary headache or dizziness.