Grand jury indictment for plane crash duo

Grand Jury indicts plane crash duo (Courtesy: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

A Jackson County Grand Jury Wednesday indicted the pilot and passenger of a private airplane that crashed in a Medford neighborhood last month on drug charges.

According to court records, Zachary Wayne Moore, 34, and Matthew William Thompson, 38, both are residents of Boise, Idaho, are scheduled to be back in court before Judge David Orr July 31.

Moore and Thompson crashed into a tree in the 2300 block of Whittle Ave. in east Medford at 1:56 p.m. June 8.

After an investigation, Medford Police arrested the two after they were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Both men face charges of unlawfully importing or exporting a marijuana item, unlawfully delivering a marijuana item, unlawfully possessing marijuana and recklessly endangering another person. Moore faces an added charge of possessing LSD.

According to the initial report from the National Transportation Safety Board, Thompson was piloting the plane, a 1947 Beech 35 aircraft with expired registration.

The report indicates while on-route to Boise, Idaho from Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, Thompson encountered mechanical issue with the plane's fuel pump and tried to return to the airport when the crash occurred.

Ownership of the plane is disputed. Thompson put a down payment on the aircraft from the plane’s disputed owner, according to Lamon Loucks. Loucks received the plane as collateral after Idaho builder Nathan Ward Pyles defaulted on an $80,000 loan.

Loucks’ lawyer tells News 10 his client is cooperating with federal authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security, and had reported the plane stolen to police in Caldwell, Idaho, where the plane had been stored.

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