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Mary H. Rosenblum was the only occupant of the Piper Super Cub that crashed near Daybreak Field.

POLICE PHOTO - Police say a Canby pilot is dead after crashing her plane south of La Center on Sunday afternoon.

A Canby pilot is dead after her single-engine aircraft crashed into a tree line on Sunday.

Mary H. Rosenblum, 65, was killed around 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, after her Piper Super Cub "tail dragger" crashed near Daybreak Field, located near La Center, Wash.

Rosenblum was the only occupant inside the plane, which sustained "significant damage," according to a news release.

First responders and Clark County Sheriff's deputies responded to the crash site located between the towns of La Center and Battleground. They say Rosenblum had intended to land in the grassy field, but apparently continued south before striking a "treed area."

"The pilot was traveling with...another aircraft piloted by a friend. Both pilots are from Oregon and intended to stop at this grass field," the news release states. "The mishap was not witnessed by the other pilot. Prior to this incident they had flown to other locations earlier in the day."

Rosenblum won the Compton Crook Award in 1994 for her debut novel, "The Drylands" and followed up with several other novels, writing mysteries as Mary Freeman.

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