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UPDATE: Private plane crashes at Ontario airport.

UPDATE 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 22 – Authorities have identified the pilot of the single-engine airplane that crashed at the Ontario Municipal Airport as Wayne Reed of Lakeview, Oregon. No information about his medical condition has been released as the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration investigate the crash. The single-engine ERCoupe 415C plane crashed as Reed attempted to land. The crash closed the airport for several hours. Reed was transported to a Boise then onto a Salt Lake City medical center.

The plane is registered to Alfred E. McMillin, of Parma.

Sarah Sulick, a public affairs specialist for the NTSB, said the “wreckage will be recovered to an offsite facility for future examination.”

She said the federal agency will release a preliminary report on the crash in a few weeks. A full report on the crash will be released in the next 12 to 18 months, she said.

ONTARIO – A private plane crashed at the Ontario Municipal Airport on Tuesday, May 21, sending one man to a Boise hospital and then on to a Salt Lake City medical center with severe burns.

The crash occurred at about 12:30 p.m. said Clint Benson, Ontario Fire & Rescue chief.

Benson said the plane was on fire when firefighters arrived but the pilot “got himself out of the cockpit.”
“He (the pilot) had burns to his legs, arms, hands, face and neck,” said Benson.

The pilot’s identity wasn’t released.

The crash closed the airport and officials expected it to remain closed for several hours.

Benson said the National Transportation Safety Board and the Ontario Police Department is investigating the crash.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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