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Injury Plane Crash - Ochoco National Forest in Wheeler County
10/03/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigators are expected to begin their investigation Saturday of an injury plane crash that occurred Friday afternoon three miles northeast of Big Summit Prairie in the Ochoco National Forest. One of the three occupants was transported for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division Senior Trooper Amos Madison, on October 2, 2009 at approximately 1:00 p.m. police and medical personnel responded to the reported plane crash which was later determined to be in Wheeler County. Upon his arrival at about 2:30 p.m. he confirmed the report and that there were no fatalities.
 
The initial investigation indicates the Cessna 180 piloted by WILLIAM D. GONCE, age 56, from Redmond, was returning to Redmond Airport from Idaho when the plane lost power over the Ochoco National Forest about sixty miles east of Prineville. GONCE selected an emergency landing spot among trees and as he brought the plane in the left wing hit the top of a tree. The plane came to rest on its left side.
 
GONCE reported he had a minor wrist injury that did not require transport to a hospital. Right front female passenger BRYNNA ZINKER, age 20, from Bend, was also unhurt. Rear male passenger ROBIN ZINKER, age 56, from Bend, was transported to Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville for treatment of a back injury.
 
OSP was assisted by deputies from Wheeler and Crook County sheriff offices and medical responders out of Crook County. Weather conditions were described as mostly clear.