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One killed, two injured in plane crash at Elk River

By Idaho County Free Press

A Spokane man was killed and his two sons injured in a Wednesday, June 12, aircraft crash at Elk River in Clearwater County.

Contributed photo / Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office

ELK RIVER — A Wednesday morning aircraft crash that killed the pilot and injured two passenger is currently under joint investigation by the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB).

According to a CCSO release, the deceased is Brian Orourk, 54, from Spokane, Wash. Passengers were his 21- and 14-year-old sons, both of whom were transported to Sacred Heart in Spokane by Life Flight.

On Wednesday, June 12, at approximately 11:40 a.m., CCSO received a report from the Idaho Division of Aeronautics that there was an emergency beacon from a plane going off about five miles north of Elk River. Deputies and EMS were dispatched to the area of the beacon. Hillcrest Aviation had a helicopter in Orofino that had just completed some contract work and was available to respond to the area. While en route to the scene a 911 call came in from someone who had picked up two people along the Basin Road who had been passengers in the plane. The caller transported them to Elk River to meet with EMS. Two Life Flight helicopters were then requested to respond to Elk River.

The two passengers reported the plane — a small single engine Cessna — had crashed and was on fire and that they could not get the pilot out, due to the fire.

The Hillcrest helicopter was able to locate the crash scene but there was no where nearby to land. CCSO then requested a helicopter from Two Bear Air so that they could hoist someone into the crash scene. Hillcrest remained on scene and help guide a deputy and EMS 3.5 miles into the crash scene on foot. Life Flight staged a second helicopter at the Elk River air trip. EMS and the deputy arrived at the crash site and found that the pilot was deceased. They used a fire extinguisher that they had packed in to put out the fire.

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