3 killed in E. Oregon plane crash are identified

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- Two Washington state men and an Oregon woman have been killed in a small plane crash in a rugged mountain area of Eastern Oregon.

The Umatilla County sheriff's office identified the victims Monday as the 74-year-old pilot, Gerald Hunter; 53-year-old Ned Kaiser and 51-year-old Janice Davis. Both Hunter and Kaiser were from Klickitat County, Wash., and Davis was from Hermiston, Ore.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Florence says the plane was a Bellanca single-engine aircraft. Emergency management officials said it crashed early Sunday after taking off from Dallesport, Wash., bound for Wyoming.

The Civil Air Patrol found the wreckage near Ukiah, a small town about 50 miles south of Pendleton.

Florence said Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators had arrived at the crash scene Monday afternoon.

The Forest Service assisted by cutting a road into the area to help investigators reach the site.