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Deputies respond after plane strikes radio antenna before crashing near Aurora Airport

AURORA FIRE DISTRICT - Aircraft struck a radio transmitter while preparing to land at Aurora Airport Wednesday, Feb. 6.Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the scene of a plane crash on the grounds of Aurora Airport at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Chris Baldridge reported that a Piper Malibu Mirage struck a radio antenna as it was descending for a landing. The impact sent to plane to the ground.

The pilot and one passenger aboard the craft, identified as Anthony Pate, 64, of Sherwood, and Dick Omen, 70, escaped the wreckage with minor injuries.

Responders from the Aurora Fire District reported that the pilot, Pate, self extricated, but firefighters had to extricate Omen. Both were conscious, and both were transported to Salem Hospital.MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  - A plane hit a radio antenna while preparing to land at Aurora Airport.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane hit a radio transmitter at the south end of the airfield.

MCSO completed its portion of the crash investigation on Thursday, while the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration continued to conduct their investigation.

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