MADRAS, Ore. — The Latest on a small plane crash in central Oregon (all times local):

6 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the small plane was approaching a central Oregon airport when it crashed near where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse, the Oregonian/Oregonlive reports.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane that crashed Saturday was a single-engine, homebuilt Wheeler Express.

The Oregonian/Oregonlive reports that the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Campers have been gathering at the airport for Monday’s eclipse.

About 200,000 people are expected in the area that’s considered a prime viewing spot as the moon completely blots out the sun.


4:45 p.m.

Authorities say a passenger also died in a small plane crash near a central Oregon airport where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse.

The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network says officials have confirmed that two people — the pilot and the passenger — were on the plane. The pilot died in the crash.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkin says the crash about 2 p.m. Saturday about a mile south of Madras Municipal Airport started a brushfire on a cliff.

Campers have been gathering at the airport for Monday’s eclipse.

About 200,000 people are expected in the area that’s considered a prime viewing spot as the moon completely blots out the sun.


3:09 p.m.

Authorities say one has person died in a small plane crash near a central Oregon airport where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkin says the crash about 2 p.m. Saturday about a mile south of Madras Municipal Airport started a brushfire on a cliff.

Campers have been gathering at the airport for Monday’s eclipse.

About 200,000 people are expected in the area that’s considered a prime viewing spot as the moon completely blots out the sun.