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Aircraft that crashed near Prospect was utility plane

Note: the National Transportation Safety Board has since issued corrected information about the plane involved in the crash near Prospect. Information about the Rockwell utility plane in this from this story printed Thursday in the Mail Tribune was about a fatal plane crash found Tuesday near Mount Hood.

An aircraft that crashed Monday near Prospect was a small utility plane, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Steven Dawson Jr., 34, of Central Point, was piloting a 1975 Rockwell 112A that took off from the Prospect airport. The aircraft went down early Monday evening for reasons still under investigation, according to NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Dawson remained a patient at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He was listed in good condition.

The FAA registration number provided by the NTSB shows the four-seat, fixed-wing, single-engine plane as being registered to Auger Air Inc. of Battle Ground, Washington.

In earlier news reports, first-responders described the plane involved as a “small experimental aircraft,” but the FAA shows that the aircraft was classified as a utility plane.

A few hundred of the planes were produced. A used-airplane buyers guide shows that Rockwell produced 759 examples of 112 models between 1972 and 1980.

After 1980, the aircraft’s design switched hands to companies including Gulfstream American Corporation, Commander Aircraft Company and CPAC, Inc.

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