WALLA WALLA -- A pilot who died in an airplane crash Sunday south of Pendleton has been identified as Bruce Cummings of Enterprise, Ore.
Cummings' identity was confirmed today by Tom Groat, emergency management coordinator for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Cummings was also identified as the victim Monday after a staff member at his dental practice in Enterprise was contacted by the Wallowa County Chieftain newspaper.
Cummings had taken off from Walla Walla Regional Airport Sunday morning en route to Enterprise. A search began Sunday night after a family member called the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office to report he had not arrived at his destination.
A Civil Air Patrol crew discovered the wreck Monday morning near Indian Lake, about 34 miles southeast of Pendleton. Ground searchers with the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation later recovered the body. There were no others in the single-engine airplane Cummings was flying.
According to the Chieftain article, Cummings had been owner of the Wallowa Valley Dental Clinic for more than 10 years. Groat said today that Cummings was also listed as a Walla Walla resident.