Plane Crash in Elk River

Plane Crash in Elk River

From the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office: On 6/12/24 at approximately 11:40 a.m. the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office received a report from the Idaho Division of Aeronautics that there was an emergency beacon from a plane going off about 5 miles north of Elk River. Deputies and EMS were dispatched to the area of the beacon. Hillcrest Aviation had a helicopter in Orofino that had just completed some contract work and was available to respond to the area. While enroute to the scene a 911 call came in from someone that had picked up two people along the Basin Road that had been passengers on the plane. The caller transported them to Elk River to meet with EMS. Two Lifeflight helicopters were then requested to respond to Elk River. The two passengers reported that the plane had crashed and was on fire and that they could not get the pilot, their father, out of the plane due to the fire. The pilot was Brian Orourk, 54, from Spokane, Washington and the passengers were his 21 and 14 year old sons. Both of the sons were transported to Sacred Heart in Spokane by Lifeflight. The plane was a small single engine Cessna.

The Hillcrest helicopter was able to locate the crash scene but there was no where near by to land. The Sheriff's Office then requested a helicopter from Two Bear Air so that they could hoist someone into the crash scene. Hillcrest remained on scene and helped guide a Deputy and EMS 3.5 miles into the crash scene on foot. Lifeflight staged a second helicopter at the Elk River air strip. EMS and the Deputy arrived at the crash site and found that the pilot was deceased. They used a fire extinguisher that they had packed in to put out the fire.

The crash is still being investigated by the Sheriff's Office and the NTSB.