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Plane involved in Prospect crash was experimental

A kit plane was involved in the Monday crash that left pilot Steven Dawson Jr., 34, of Central Point, injured and missing overnight near Prospect, according to corrected information from the National Transportation Safety Board.

A new FAA registration number provided by the NTSB shows that the plane involved in the crash was a modified 1964 Wittman Tailwind W-8 — a lightweight two-seater plane listed as having an “Experimental” classification under the “Amateur Built” category. The revised information corroborates earlier descriptions of the plane from first-responders as a “small experimental aircraft.”

The plane had current registration when Dawson took off from the Prospect airport about 5 p.m. Monday. The FAA registry shows that the plane belonged to Vaughn H. Roberts of Godley, Texas. The airport called 911 after Dawson failed to return within an hour.

Jackson County Search and Rescue found Dawson injured near the wreckage about 10 a.m. Tuesday — some 17 hours after takeoff.

An NTSB spokesman yesterday described the aircraft involved as a Rockwell 112A utility plane. Information about that aircraft was from a fatal crash that was found Tuesday near Mount Hood.

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