VIDEO: Two men dead in small plane crash near La Center




Identities of two men were released by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s office Wednesday

LA CENTER — Two people are dead after a single-engine plane crashed into a marshy area near La Center.

A single-engine plane crashed in a marshy area near La Center, killing both men inside. Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office
A single-engine plane crashed in a marshy area near La Center, killing both men inside. Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office

The crash was reported by a pilot flying over the Daybreak area of Clark County around 4:11 p.m., according to a release from the Clark County Sheriff’s office. Emergency crews were able to reach the scene at the dead end of Bjur Road near Northeast 269th Street, thanks to help from the pilot circling overhead.

Clark County Fire and Rescue personnel, along with sheriff’s office deputies, located the downed aircraft, a single-engine two-seater, home built propeller plane, crashed in a shallow pond in about two feet of water.

The pilot was identified as 73-year-old Milo Kays of Camas. The passenger was identified as 70-year-old Dennis Kozacek of Ridgefield. The cause of death for both were multiple blunt force injuries. It’s unclear at this point when or how the crash happened. The crash site is secured, awaiting the arrival of investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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