The debris of a plane crash in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness is located in a remote and difficult-to-reach spot.

The family of a pilot who died in a plane crash deep in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness received help last week from an unlikely source to remove the plane’s debris.

Wayne Wirt, 67, of Chehalis, Washington, died Sept. 22 when his Piper Cherokee crashed just south of Mount Jefferson on a high peak during a solo flight between California and Washington.

On a GoFundMe page and a Statesman Journal story, the family said they were struggling to pay the $25,000 to $50,000 required to remove the debris about 6,500 feet from a federal wilderness area, miles from any road.

The call for help was heard by Dave Sparks, often known as Heavy D, and Dave Kiley, often known as “Diesel Dave,” who are best known for starring in the reality show “Diesel Brothers” and now appear on the HeavyDSparks YouTube Channel.

Sparks emailed the family to offer his services in getting the heavy helicopters that would be required to remove the plane’s wreckage below the 6,720-foot summit of South Cinder Cone.

The family agreed, saying Wayne and the family were previously big fans of Sparks and Kiley.

Pilot Wayne Wirt, left, of of Chehalis, Wash., died in a plane crash in late September in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness area.

“The coolest part from my position is the fact that Wayne loved watching all the guys on YouTube who ended up helping,” said April Winters, Wayne’s daughter-in-law. “So it felt like the video itself brought closure.”

Wirt, who built movie sets in Southern California before retiring to Chehalis years ago, left behind a wife and three children.

Last Thursday, two helicopters organized by Sparks, from Washington-based Northwind Helicopters, dropped off multiple personnel on the mountain and lifted the wreckage out of the area, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.



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