August 31, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Small plane crashes on San Juan Island; pilot, 76, seriously hurt
The Associated Press
FRIDAY HARBOR – A light plane crash on San Juan Island in northwest Washington has critically injured the 76-year-old pilot.
San Juan County Sheriff Rob Nou said the pilot, from Eastsound on Orcas Island, was trying to land on a grass airstrip Friday afternoon when he caught power lines with his landing gear as he neared the runway. The ripped power lines broke at least two nearby utility poles, dropping live wires that sparked a small wildland fire.
In Seattle, a Harborview Medical Center nursing supervisor confirmed Friday night that the man, Richard Bach, was in critical but stable condition.
The sheriff said the pilot was alone in the Easton Gilbert Searey aircraft. The plane is registered to a Richard D. Bach.
The plane was found upside down in a field about two miles west of Friday Harbor.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.
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