At least 1 dead after plane crashes off Ore. coast

FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) — The Lane County sheriff’s office says a small plane carrying two people has crashed off the Oregon coast near Florence, and at least one body has been recovered.

Sgt. Carrie Carver says the single-engine aircraft crashed just before 10 a.m. Sunday about 500 yards from the shore.

She says the Coast Guard has recovered one body. Search crews were trying Sunday afternoon to locate a second person. Officials said late Sunday that they believe the second person is stuck inside the plane that sunk into the ocean after the crash.

Authorities did not release the identities of the people.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the aircraft, a Grumman American AA5, crashed under unknown circumstances in the water about 2 miles north of Florence. The plane was destroyed. The FAA and the National Safety Transportation Board will investigate.

KCST-FM says witnesses on the beach reported hearing a pop and then the engine quit before the plane crashed.

Florence is about 60 miles west of Eugene.

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