Father, son survive crash of Piper in Bend

Robert Mathers sustained minor injuries

A 1974 Piper PA-28-180, as seen on their website, Oct. 10, 2014
A 1974 Piper PA-28-180, as seen on their website, Oct. 10, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) – A small plane that had engine trouble at 6,000 feet and couldn’t make it back to the Bend Airport has crashed in a field, but the father and son aboard escaped serious injury

KTVZ-TV reports the plane took off about 7:15 a.m. Friday with 71-year-old Robert Mathers at the controls and his 50-year-old son, Kenneth Mathers, in the passenger seat.

Sgt. William Bailey of the Deschutes County sheriff’s office says the plane lost power and couldn’t maintain its altitude. The pilot tried to make it back to the airport under partial power but crashed a mile short of the runway.

Robert Mathers was treated at the scene for minor injuries. His son was unhurt. The plane was heavily damaged.

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