Man walks away from plane crash with minor injuries

Man crashed plane when engine lost power during take off in Washington Co.

Authorities say pilot John Kimmel (sitting) only suffered minor injuries after his plane crashed while attempting to take off at North Plains Gliderport, August 10, 2014. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Authorities say pilot John Kimmel (sitting) only suffered minor injuries after his plane crashed while attempting to take off at North Plains Gliderport, August 10, 2014. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A man was able to walk away from a plane crash with minor injuries in Washington County Sunday afternoon.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to North Plains Gliderport, located at 11870 NW Dersham Road in North Plains, around 12:34 p.m. Upon their arrival, they were informed that the pilot, 53-year-old John Kimmel of Milwaukie, was attempting to take off from North Plains Gliderport when his plane’s engine lost power.

This 1991 RV-3M amateur built single engine, fixed wing plane sustained significant damage after a crash in Washington County, August 10, 2014. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
This 1991 RV-3M amateur built single engine, fixed wing plane sustained significant damage after a crash in Washington County, August 10, 2014. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Kimmel attempted to turn the plane around and land back at the Gliderport but crashed in a neighboring field. He was the sole occupant of the plane and only sustained minor injuries.

The 1991 RV-3M amateur built single engine, fixed wing plane sustained significant damage.

Authorities said the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene to follow up on the incident.

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