One person dead after plane crash near Illinois Valley airport Thursday

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – One person is dead after a plane crashed near the Illinois Valley airport late Thursday morning.

According to Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel, a 77-year-old male resident of the Illinois Valley took off from the airport around 11:30 a.m.

The plane reached about 1,000 feet altitude when the pilot turned around, lost altitude, and crashed.

The pilot died as a result of the crash.

Sheriff Daniel says the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified and will investigate the crash.

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