Airplane Crashes Into the Deschutes River Near Sunriver

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

On 06-22-19 at approximately 10:40 am, Deschutes County 911 received a call of a plane crash in the Deschutes River near Sunriver. The plane flipped onto its top and submerged.  Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (Patrol, Search and Rescue, and Marine Patrol), Sunriver Police Department,
Oregon State Police and Sunriver Fire and Rescue responded.  

Sunriver Fire and Rescue arrived and was able to rescue 5 subjects from the aircraft as it floated upside down.  One of the subjects was rescued was a male occupant of the aircraft who was able to escape the aircraft.  The other subjects had swam to the plane to assist the occupants.  It was determined a male subject was still underwater and initial rescue efforts were unsuccessful. The remaining occupant in the airplane was believed to be deceased.

The surviving occupant was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening. 

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue with swift water rescue technicians and rescue divers arrived.  While being supported by Marine Patrol Deputies, divers were able to locate the second occupant of the aircraft deceased underwater.  

Initial information indicates the plane had just taken off from Sunriver Airport.  The aircraft, an amphibious float plane, flipped upside down upon contact with the water.  The crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.  Any further information relating to the details of the crash investigation will be released by NTSB.  The release of names of the occupants is pending notification of next of kin.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Sunriver Police and Fire, Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office.