Airplane Crashes At Willamette Country Music Festival Site

Linn County Sheriff's Office - 08/20/18

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports on August 20, 2018, deputies responded to a report of an airplane crash near Brownsville where the Willamette Country Music Festival was held this last weekend.

Linn County 911 Dispatch received calls at 4:40 pm reporting a plane had crashed in front of the stage at the festival site.  Brownsville Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Lebanon Medical personnel responded and found a single passenger experimental airplane had crashed into the temporary fencing where the VIP beer garden had been.

The plane, a 1992 fixed wing single engine experimental aircraft, flown by John Loomis, 69 years old from Eugene, came to rest upright against the festival fencing.  Mr. Loomis advised he was taking photographs of the area and the festival site.  Mr. Loomis was transported by ambulance to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield with minor lacerations and complaint of back pain.
The FAA and the NTSB were notified and investigation is continuing.