Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Bend pilot killed in powered glider crash near Bend Airport

A 65-year-old Bend man died Tuesday when his powered glider crashed at the Bend Airport, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched around 1:25 to a report of a crash in the NE corner of the airport.

Sgt. William Bailey said witnesses saw the 2002 AviaStroitel AC-5M glider crash and catch fire just after takeoff, killing the pilot, Christopher S. McKeage.

Bend Fire Department resources quickly extinguished a small brush fire caused by the crash before it could spread to nearby trees.

Courtesy www.aviastroitel.com

Bailey said deputies spent the afternoon photographing and documenting the scene, contacting witnesses, and collecting nearby video surveillance around the time of the crash.

The information collected will be forwarded onto the FAA and NTSB to assist with their investigation, he said.

The crash is still under investigation and cause has not been determined.  McKeage’s next of kin has been notified.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Bend Police and Fire Departments and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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