3 killed in E. Oregon plane crash in mountains

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- Three people have been killed in a small plane crash in a rugged mountain area of Eastern Oregon.

Umatilla County sheriff's deputies said Monday 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.

Sheriff's deputies said Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators had arrived at the crash scene Monday afternoon.

The U.S. Forest Service assisted by cutting a road into the area to help investigators get to the site. No other details were available.