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2 Dead in Small Plane Crash near Oregon Eclipse Viewing Site

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Firefighters respond to an airplane crash that ignited a fire in Willow Creek Canyon southeast of the Madras Airport. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP)

Saturday, 19 August 2017 08:33 PM

MADRAS, Ore. — Authorities say two people died in a small plane crash near a central Oregon airport where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse.

The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network says the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash about 2 p.m. Saturday about a mile south of Madras Municipal Airport. Authorities did not identify the victims.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkin says the crash started a brushfire on a cliff.

Campers have been gathering at the airport for Monday's eclipse.

About 200,000 people are expected in the area that's considered a prime viewing spot as the moon completely blots out the sun.

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MADRAS, Ore. - Authorities say two people died in a small plane crash near a central Oregon airport where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse.
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