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15-year-old Wash. state boy missing after Ore. plane crash

15-year-old Wash. state boy missing after Ore. plane crash
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FLORENCE, Ore. - The person missing after a small plane crash off the Oregon coast has been identified as 15-year-old Benjamin Dressler of Washington state.

Local authorities say Dressler and his grandfather, Richard Munger, 69, of Florence, were together in the plane at about 9:50 a.m. Sunday when it crashed off the Oregon coast near Florence.

Munger was recovered by the Coast Guard and pronounced dead at the scene, but Dressler has not been found. His hometown was not immediately available.

Sgt. Carrie Carver of the Lane County (Ore.) Sheriff’s Office says the plane landed in the water near the North Jetty, about 500 yards offshore. The grandfather and grandson departed in the single-engine aircraft from Florence just before the accident. 

A helicopter and a lifeboat are searching the waters near the crash site for Dressler while a U.S. Coast Guard dive team is preparing to dive down to the wreck.

Low wind and calm seas have helped the search crews work at the ocean crash site.

Debris from the plane is washing up as far as a mile north of the jetty.

The crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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