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Victim ID’d

Posted on 4th September 2013 at 15:57

The victim in Saturday’s fatal gyrocopter crash at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark has been identified as James LaFayette, 59, of Kalama. He died Saturday afternoon, when his locally-made Sport Copter crashed into the ground and burst into flames. Witnesses rushed to the crash scene and pulled him from the wreckage, but he died within minutes. It’s reported that LaFayette was an electrician, working at Bennu Glass in Kalama. LaFayette’s wife tells the Oregonian that he always had a dream of flying, going all the way back to when they were dating in high school; it’s also reported that he leaves eight children behind. The Sport Copter is designed by a company based at the Scappoose Airpark, and can also be built from a kit. The Federal Aviation Administration continues to investigate the incident.