Published: August 19,2017
Two people have died in a small plane crash near a central Oregon airport where people are gathering to view the solar eclipse, officials say.
The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network says officials have confirmed that two people — the pilot and the passenger — both died in the crash.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkin said 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.
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