Merlin-area search under way for possible plane wreck

Authorities in Josephine County are investigating a report of what might be aircraft wreckage on a hillside near the airport in Merlin.

Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said a pilot at the airport spotted something unusual on the side of the hill at about 7:45 a.m. today and reported seeing "something he didn't remember seeing before," and thought it could be a crashed plane.

Gilbertson said something is visible through the clouds and fog, but authorities haven't determined yet what it is. A helicopter plans to take a closer look as the weather permits, he said.

— Anita Burke

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