Small plane crashes into Rogue River, no injuries reported

This story has been updated with the latest information from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.


JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – There were no reported injuries after a plane crashed into the Rogue River Tuesday morning.

At about 9:30 a.m. on May 31, a small plane crashed into the water near Ennis Riffle Campground in the area of Galice Creek Road and Galice Road west of Merlin.

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot and passenger in the aircraft were able to escape the crash without injury. They were helped by a local rafting company.

The pilot told deputies the plane’s engine failed around Hellgate Canyon and the plane glided to Ennis Riffle where a safe water landing was executed.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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