Plane Crash North Of Harrisburg Claims Four Lives

Apr 7, 2017

A single-engine plane crash outside Harrisburg this morning killed four people.  

Linn County Sheriff’s deputies investigate the wreckage of a Piper plane that crashed north of Harrisburg this morning.
Credit Collin Andrew / The Register Guard

The Piper PA-46 aircraft hit about 10 miles north of the Eugene Airport before 11 am.  Emergency crews and law enforcement were sent to a field off Peoria Road.  A photo from the Eugene Register-Guard's coverage of the incident shows Linn County deputies surveying the wreckage in a field. 

Speaking near the crash site, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley told reporters what they know so far. 

“At this point we don’t know what the cause of the crash is," says Riley.  "Whether it’s weather related or mechanical difficulties, it’s too early to tell that.  But we are conducting an investigation. 

The plane was reportedly a Piper PA-46, like the one shown here.
Credit Gerard van der Schaaf /

"We’re going to try and determine of course what happened, who’s inside, where they left, where they were headed, that sort of thing.  We need to make notification of next of kin.” 

Sheriff Riley says both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are en route to conduct their own investigations.