|9/2/2013 8:33:00 AM|
Pilot unhurt after crash in Sisters
Daniel Bernath, 53, of Tigard walked away after crashing his plane near Sisters Eagle Airport at about 6:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Oregon State Police Troopers and Sisters Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a report of an apparent plane crash near the Sisters Airport. A nearby resident reported to 911 dispatch they had observed a plane on its side in a field southeast of the Sisters Airport runway.
Emergency personnel arrived in the area and located a white 2007 two seat, single engine, fixed wing plane in an open field, approximately 200 yards southeast of the airport runway. Daniel Bernath, the pilot and sole occupant of the plane, had extricated himself from the plane and appeared uninjured. Sisters Fire Department checked Bernath at the scene, and he did not require medical treatment.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were contacted and advised of the crash. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office gathered initial details to assist the FAA, who will investigate the crash.
According to the sheriff's office, Bernath was flying the described plane from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to Sacramento, California, and ran out of fuel. Bernath attempted to land the plane at the Sisters Airport, but did not have enough fuel to reach his destination. He was forced to land the aircraft in the described location. The aircraft sustained significant damage to its nose and undercarriage.
Bernath was using safety restraints at the time of the crash. At no time was the Sisters Airport runway blocked. Air traffic in the area was not impeded by this incident. Alcohol or controlled substances do not appear to be a factor, the sheriff's office reports. The FAA will continue this investigation.
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