- Bill Schaffer
- Central Oregonian - News
>WEB - NEWS - Plane crashA Madras man was injured Friday, Feb. 4, when his Cessna 182 crashed about 10 miles northeast of the Redmond Municipal Airport.
On Friday at about 2:56 p.m., the Crook County Sheriff's Office received a report from the airport that the Cessna 182 was suspected to have gone down.
It was reported to Deschutes County 911 that the pilot, Paul Jensen, 61, was at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, according to Crook County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Smith.
"The pilot had crash landed his airplane and used his cell phone to contact a friend in Madras to pick him up," Smith said. "Jensen walked from the crash site to Highway 126, approximately 2 miles, where he was picked up by a friend and taken to St. Charles Hospital in Redmond."
"Crook County Sheriff's Search and Rescue responded, along with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Search and Rescue...." Smith said. "Deschutes County Sheriff's Office dispatched an aircraft to assist in locating the downed aircraft."
The aircraft was located on BLM land approximately four miles northeast of the Redmond Airport at about 5:26 p.m. within Crook County. Smith said coordinating search efforts located the craft on the ground and secured the scene for the FAA.
"The investigation revealed that Paul Jensen had left the Walla Walla, Wash., area on this date and was flying to the Redmond Airport when his aircraft ran out of fuel," Smith said. Jensen was treated and released for his injuries.
The search efforts were conducted by the following agencies: Crook County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue members; Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue members; Oregon State Police and the U.S. Forest Service law enforcement.