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Two dead in small plane crash near Medford

The plane crashed into an auto dealership. The dealership was closed at the time of the crash and no one on the ground was injured.
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Police tape cordons off a crime scene.

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two people have died after a small plane crashed into an auto dealership in Medford just before 5 p.m. on Sunday.

According to KOBI, at about 4:53 p.m. several Medford police officers and rescue personnel responded to a plane crash near Airport Chevrolet, located at 3001 Biddle Road.

“Upon arrival, we had at least 20 vehicles that were fully involved,” said Medford Fire Department Chief Eric Thompson. “We know that the aircraft took off from the Medford airport, they just filled up with fuel they had 128 gallons of fuel on board, and the incident occurred only a few minutes after they took off.” 

The plane was a Piper PA-21-350. Thompson said it was too early in the investigation to determine how many people were on board. 

Thompson said the dealership was closed at the time of the crash and no one on the ground was injured.

A nearby resident told KOBI, "I was in my room and then I heard the plane descending and then I heard a big thud and I thought, 'Was that a plane crash?' My neighbors went on their roof and they said there was a fire so I got on top of the roof as well and I saw flames."

This is an ongoing story and will be updated.