Experimental aircraft buffs shocked at Ore. crash

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Associated Press

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Experimental aircraft enthusiasts say they're shocked at the crash of a two-seater airplane this week in the Willamette Valley, killing two people aboard.

The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/10ZGMej).reports that the plane designed by Van's Aircraft of Aurora has been one of the most popular among experimental airplane enthusiasts, who build their own airplanes from kits or plans.

Witnesses told authorities a wing came off the plane before it crashed Monday south of Scio. A spokesman for the Experimental Aircraft Association says he's never heard of a wing coming off one of the company's aircraft.

A company employee says it appears the crashed plane had been highly modified and built from a plan with custom components rather than from a kit.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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