Pilot killed in plane crash east of Scio

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash of an airplane Sunday afternoon, Aug. 21, outside Scio, in which the pilot was killed.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 2:03 p.m. Sunday of a single-engine airplane crash on Richardson Gap Road, east of Scio.

Fire and Medical personnel from the Scio Rural Fire Department, and neighbors in the area who witnessed the crash, were among the first on scene.

Sheriff’s deputies were on scene moments later, where they discovered the pilot of the airplane, later identified as 78-year-old Dennis Jackson of Independence, deceased. The second occupant, later identified as Dennis’s wife, Amy Jackson, was transported from the scene by LifeFlight Air Ambulance to Salem Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The aircraft, listed as an Experimental Amateur Built Aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, is described as a “Dennis Jackson RV-8” single-engine airplane, manufactured in 2004.

Detectives from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office were joined to be joined Monday by investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, to complete the investigation.