A pilot who was well known among the aviation community at Grove Field Airport died Wednesday afternoon in a plane crash in Fern Prairie.
Wilbert “Skeets” Mehrer, 84, of Canby, Ore., was flying from Hermiston, Ore., to Grove Field Airport, when the crash occurred in a field near English Auto, 26710 N.E. 19th St. There were no passengers on board.
The Camas Police and Fire departments, as well as East County Fire and Rescue, were dispatched at 4:40 p.m.
The cause of the crash has not been determined.
“According to witnesses, he was coming in for a landing at Grove Field and circled around too fast or too high,” said Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Barnes.
Larry Mills, who lives across the street from the crash site, said he heard the plane.