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Plane crash survivor released from jail

An Idaho man facing marijuana charges following a Medford plane crash has been released from jail.

Zachary Wayne Moore, 34, the passenger in the 1947 Beech 35 Bonanza that struck a tree Saturday afternoon near Whittle and Grandview avenues, was released from the Jackson County Jail because of overcrowding, according to a court document filed Tuesday morning by Jackson County sheriff’s deputies.

Moore complained of dental injuries from jail Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court during his first appearance on felony counts of unlawfully delivering and possessing a marijuana extract and importing or exporting a marijuana item.

“All my teeth have been knocked out,” Moore told a judge Monday. “I’m in a lot of pain.”

The pilot, Matthew William Thompson, 38, remained held in the Jackson County Jail on Tuesday afternoon on $50,000 bail pending similar felony marijuana charges, records show. The two Boise, Idaho, men additionally face misdemeanor charges accusing them of unlawfully possessing LSD and recklessly endangering another person.

The National Transportation Safety Board has not yet issued a preliminary report on the weekend crash, which describes injuries as “minor” and damage to the aircraft as “substantial.” The FAA says that the plane crashed “under unknown circumstances,” being investigated by the Portland area Flight Standards District Office, and describes Moore as a passenger, rather than as part of the plane’s flight or cabin crew.

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