ONTARIO, Ore. -

Authorities say the pilot of a small plane who enjoyed flying in Eastern Oregon's canyon country hit a high-voltage power line and died in the crash.

The Malheur County sheriff's department says the crash happened Sunday about half a mile below Owyhee Dam near the Idaho border.

The pilot was identified as 52-year-old Edward Wilson Claugus of Incline Village, Nevada. He was the only person aboard.

Sheriff's Sgt. Rich Harriman said Claugus had a hangar at Ontario with another aircraft and was known to fly for recreation through the area.

The Federal Aviation Administration has begun an investigation.

Harriman says utility crews worked overnight to fix the power line.