Pilot Dead After Plane Crashes into Deschutes River

The plane crash occurred on Saturday near Sunriver, but Sunriver Fire and Rescue were only able save one of the plane’s two passengers.

69-year-old Johannes Noordwijk escaped from the aircraft and was transported to Saint Charles Medical Center in Bend with non-life threatening injuries.

Multiple bystanders swam out onto the river when the crash occurred but were unable to recover the pilot of the plane, 63-year-old Kevin Padrick. Sunriver Fire and Rescue and Deschutes County Search and Rescue assisted on the scene but were also unable to recover Padrick, who died at the scene.

The cause of the crash is still unknown and is currently being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. Investigators encourage any witnesses or anyone in possession of video from the incident to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.


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