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Two dead after plane leaves Caldwell and crashes in Baker City

The Sheriff's Office says they found their small passenger plane that crashed nose first into the ground. (Photo courtesy Baker County Sheriff)

Deputies say two people died Saturday after their plane crashed in a Baker City hay field.

The hay field was located near Lindley Road and I84.

According to Baker County Sheriff, 77-year-old William Watts and 70-year-old Mihoko Matsuda Nelsen died in the crash.

Deputies say the two were travelling from Caldwell and were believed to have been enroute to the Baker Airport.

The sheriff's office says it appears the single-engine passenger plane crashed nose first into the ground.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the crash.

The Sheriff’s Office received assistance from the Baker City Fire Department, Baker Rural Fire Department, Baker City Police Department, and Oregon State Police.

The investigation is ongoing.


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