A small plane flying from the Bay Area to a popular OR solar eclipse destination crashed Saturday afternoon killing the pilot and passenger, according to emergency responders and media reports.
The FAA says the single engine home-built plane crashed on approach to the Madras Airport in Oregon.
Visitors who were golfing nearby saw the plane take sharp turn before it crashed into the canyon.
A large plume of smoke from a small fire that was started from the crash could be seen from fields just outside the airport, where thousands of people were expected to gather for Monday's solar eclipse.
The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network has said the pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash about 2 p.m. on Saturday about a mile south of Madras Municipal Airport.
The Oregonian/Oregonlive reports that the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are exploring.
The small fire that resulted from the crash is no longer a threat to the area and no other property was damaged.
The plane went down about two days before a feverishly anticipated total eclipse traces its path across OR and other states to the east.