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Apparent strong gust of wind pushes small plane onto its nose while landing at Sunriver Airport; no injuries. (Photo) - 07/06/24

On July 6th, at approximately 1:36 pm, the Sunriver Police Department responded to a reported airplane crash at the Sunriver Airport. A 1957 Piper PA-22-150 single engine aircraft crashed as it was landing on the #18 runway at the airport. The aircraft had landed on the runway and was traveling with all three wheels on the ground, when an apparent strong gust of wind pushed the aircraft’s left wing at an angle which caused it to make contact with the runway. The plane’s nose and propeller then also made contact with the runway. The sole occupant, the pilot, was able to exit the aircraft and is reportedly uninjured.   

Sunriver Police notified the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The plane was removed from the runway at 2:30 pm and the runway was re-opened to air traffic. 

The Sunriver Police Department would like to thank the Sunriver Airport and its employees for their assistance. 

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