A pilot from Bend died this afternoon in a plane crash at the Prineville Airport, the airport’s manager said this evening.

The fatal crash occurred about 2 p.m. at the airport off state Highway 126 just west of Prineville, said Kelly Coffelt, manager of the Prineville Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed there was a crash.

“A single-engine RV9 crashed while departing from Prineville around 2:30 p.m.,” Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the FAA wrote in an email this evening.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, he wrote.

The airport and the FAA did not immediately release the name of the pilot. Following the crash the airport was closed, but Coffelt said shortly after 5 p.m. that it was open again.

— Dylan J. Darling

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