The June 23 plane crash that killed four “family members” of the Oregon Country Fair has left the organization “broken-hearted” and “profoundly affected,” General Manager Charlie Ruff said at a June 25 press conference held at OFC headquarters.
“We’re going to have an amazing celebration of life and remembrance,” Ruff said, noting that grief counselors from Eugene’s White Bird Clinic were already circulating among members and volunteers in the Country Fair community.
Shortly after take-off, around 3:10 pm that Saturday, a privately rented Cessna 172 carrying the four passengers — pilot Jerome “Roch” Delbosc D’Auzon, 41; Robyn “Bluesky” Leigh Weir, 40; Christopher Robin Kent, 37; and Erin Thomas Frank Noble, 27 — lost altitude and crashed into a wooded area near Suttle and Ridiculous roads in Veneta, a report from Lane County Sheriff’s Office said.
“They were sightseeing” and not on Fair business, Ruff said, noting that NTSB officials informed him D’Auzon had “the most amazing credentials” for a pilot.
At the press conference, Ruff said his staff was reaching out to the Red Cross in order to set up “a clear, consistent mechanism” for family and friends of the victims to contact grief counselors. “Everybody knows everybody out there,” he explained of the close-knit community of OCF staff and volunteers.
Erin Noble is the son of Deborah and Peter Noble of Eugene. A memorial for Noble is set for 4 pm Sunday, July 1, at Mount Pisgah’s White Oak Pavilion. Check the EW blog for updates on memorials.