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

Update: This story has been updated with the episode showing removal of the plane from the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and honoring pilot Wayne Wirt, see below

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.

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