Glendale couple found dead in wreckage of airplane in forested area of Klamath County

A Glendale couple dies in an airplane crash in Klamath County. (Oregon State Police)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A couple from Glendale, Oregon, died in a plane crash Sunday, Oregon State Police said.

Police identified the couple as Juan Canopii, 54, and Chantal Canopii, 60.

State police identified the plane as a Cirrus SR-22.

It is not yet known who was piloting the plane at the time of the crash.

The plane was headed from Klamath Falls to Medford at the time of the crash. Federal investigators are responding to take over the investigation.

The plane hit the ground Sunday morning, within earshot of an Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Trooper and a volunteer working near the Pacific Crest Trail between Burton Butte and Old Baldy Mountain.

The trooper and volunteer heard the plane around 10:43 a.m.

"The plane sounded as if it was having engine trouble. The cloud cover was at treetop level and the airplane was not visible," state police said in a report. "The plane was heard making impact to the ground less than a mile away."

Search crews worked to locate the plane Sunday, to no avail.

On Monday, weather conditions improved and a helicopter crew spotted the wreckage. Rescuers made their way through thick timber and reached the site on foot.

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