Plane slams into house on coast; family of former Dunthorpe couple perish in tragedy
A small plane crashed into a vacation home on the Oregon coast Monday morning, killing five people, including three children inside.
All three children were grandchildren of former Oregon Attorney General Lee Johnson, who is a former Dunthorpe resident.
Two of Johnson's and the late Snookie Johnson's daughters and their families had rented the Gearhart vacation home for two weeks when the single-engine plane crashed into it in the fog just before 7 a.m. Monday.
Following the crash, the wreckage exploded, turning the home into a fireball before destroying it.
Ruth Johnson-Reimann, 47, Christopher Reimann, 13 and Sarah Reimann, 11, of Portland, were airlifted Monday to Legacy Emanuel Hospital Burn Center in Portland. At the family's request, conditions of the three were not made available.
Killed in the rental home were Julia Reimann, 10, of Portland and her cousins, Hesam Farrar Masoudi, 12, and Grace Masoudi, 8, both of Denver.
Ruth Johnson-Reimann and her sister Dr. Marie Johnson-Masoudi are daughters of the Johnsons. Mrs. Johnson-Masoudi, her husband Dr. Frederick Masoudi and their daughter, Elizabeth, 14, were taking a walk when the plane went down and were not injured.
Also killed in the crash were pilot Jason Ketcheson, 36, Cannon Beach, and passenger Frank Toohey, 58, Warrenton. The plane, rented from Aviation Adventures of Seaside, had taken off from Seaside and reportedly was heading to Klamath Falls in Southeastern Oregon when it crashed.
The explosion following the crash also severely damaged the house next door, Gearhart officials said.
According to friends of the Johnson family, some or all of the Johnson's five children and their families annually return to Gearhart for family reunions.
Gerhart City Administrator Dennis McNally said residents were devastated by the crash.
Lee Johnson, also a former legislator (Oregon House from 1966 to 1968), was a two-term attorney general from 1969 to 1977.
He served a partial term as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals before resigning to head then-Gov. Vic Atiyeh's executive staff. He retired as a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge in 1995 after serving for 12 years.
Johnson, who is now remarried, lives in California.
Cause of the crash will be determined following investigations by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
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