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News Release
Airplane Incident at Sisters Airport (Photo) - 04/10/19

Date:  4/10/19  Time:  10:43 AM  By:  Sgt. K. Dizney

Pilot:                 Lansburgh, Brian  Sisters OR  Age:  73

Passenger:       Watson, John  Bend, OR  Age: 88

Plane:               Red / White Piper PA 12 Single Engine Airplane



On Wednesday, 041019, at approximately 10:43 AM, a sergeant with the Black Butte Police Department, driving by the Sister's Airport, witnessed an airplane attempting to land.  The sergeant radioed that he had observed the plane flip over during landing and requested assistance.  The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded along with Sisters Fire Department.  Upon arrival, deputies located the involved plane resting on its top adjacent to and partially on the paved runway.  The pilot and passenger were able to self-extricate from the airplane and suffered minor non-life threatening injuries during this incident.  Neither occupant required transport to any medical facility.  Arrangements were made with local and federal aviation authorities to close the runway for the duration of this investigation which lasted for approximately 90 minutes.  The runway was undamaged during this incident and the runway then reopened. 

Deputies determined the pilot, Brian Lansburgh, was attempting to land the plane in gusty winds using the adjacent dirt along the runway to assist him in making the landing.  As the airplane touched down and began to slow, winds began to gust again and caused the plane to flip over onto its top.  Wind appears to be the only factor causing this crash at this time.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) were both contacted and assisted via telephone with this investigation.  They will complete this investigation in the coming days.

The airplane was removed from the scene by airport staff and taken to a storage location to await inspection by FAA and/or NTSB.  Upon removal of the airplane, the airport was reopened.  The airplane sustained moderate damage but remained in one piece.

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