Looking for answers following Medford plane crash

Plane crash in Medford neighborhood (Marissa Olid/News 10).

Homeowners and neighbors are now looking for answers after a plane came crashing down near their front yard last Saturday, June 8th.

The plane damaged a tree and two cars.

The two Boise, Idaho, men in the aircraft, Zachary Wayne Moore, 34, and Mathew William Thompson, 38, were taken to the hospital and were later taken to jail. They were arrested on felony marijuana traffic charges and pleaded not guilty. They are lodged at the Jackson County Jail on $50,000 bail.

The initial release from Medford Police on Saturday said the plane encountered mechanical issues shortly after leaving the Rogue Valley International Airport. However, it was later found they were importing or exporting marijuana.

Thompson was operating the 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft with an expired registration.

With the damage done and the plane now off home owner's front property, neighbors are demanding answers.

"How does that thing fly over our whole city and put everybody in danger with no insurance?" asked Michael Gibson, a neighbor whose car received damage.

According to Travers Aviation, they do not believe there are federal requirements to have insurance.

"I don't believe there are federal requirements to have insurance," said Chris Travers with Travers Aviation.

News 10 did reach out to the Federal Aviation Administration and they confirmed non-commercial planes do not have a regulation that requires insurance however each state has different requirements. News 10 also reached out to the Oregon Department of Aviation, but has not received a reply as of yet.

This story will be updated with information about state regulations and the insurance policy for non-commercial aircraft when it develops.

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