By Michael Russell, The Oregonian

A helicopter rescue team reached the crash site of a single-engine airplane Friday afternoon in mountainous Wheeler County near its boundary with Crook County, said Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer of Canyon City.

Palmer said the unidentified pilot apparently suffered back injuries and was being airlifted to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend about 3 p.m. Two other passengers were not injured, reported Oregon State Police. 

A hunter saw the plane, which might have been a Cessna 182, go down at about 1 p.m. in the Ochoco National Forest north and east of Big Summit Prairie, according to Palmer and Lt. Gregg Hastings, a state police spokesman.

An Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife trooper reached the scene about 2:30 p.m., Hastings said. Deputies from Wheeler and Crook County and medical responders from Crook County are assisting with the rescue.