Pilot killed when plane crashes into house in McMinnville

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This photo from KATU News helicopter Jet Ranger 2 shows the hole in the house where a small plane crashed through Monday afternoon.

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – A pilot was killed when a plane crashed into a house in McMinnville on Monday afternoon, according to McMinnville police.

The pilot was identified as 56-year-old Charles W. Yochelson of Sheridan, Ore.

The crash happened at about 1:15 p.m., witnesses said. The plane was lodged inside a garage at a house near N.W. 22nd St. and Elm St.

"There wasn't any smoke coming from it. I didn't hear any sputtering," said Dustin Lynch. "It was a loud 'whoosh' like you would hear before an explosion, like the big suction before a backdraft or something like that, which is what caused me to look up."

Bob Schaefer said he saw the plane crash into the house. He ran toward the crash with another man.

"We start running down there. I start running after him. He got into the house first, because in the back, there's a door open. He got to the pilot. He's feeling the pilot for pulse and what not. He didn't get any, so he figured he was dead," said Schaefer.

No one else was hurt in the crash. A woman who was inside the home during the crash escaped safely, along with her pets. She said she was working on her computer in another room when the plane crashed through the house.

Yochelson was flying a small Lancair aircraft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. He was the only person on board the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating what caused the crash.

KATU's Dan Cassuto contributed to this story.