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Pilot makes hard landing at Scappoose airport

SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO - A plane lands on the runway at Scappoose Airport with a hard landing Monday afternoon.A student from Hillsboro Aero Academy was hospitalized with minor injuries Monday afternoon after his plane made a hard landing at Scappoose Industrial Airpark.

Scappoose police officers and firefighters responded to the airpark at 4:51 p.m., where a plane had just hit the runway, despite complications while landing.

According to the Scappoose Police Department and the Scappoose Fire District, Fijiwara Ryosuke, 18, was piloting the plane on his first solo flight, with a flight instructor supervising. COURTESY PHOTO - An 18-year-old pilot is assisted by his flight instructor after a complicated landing at Scappoose Airport. The pilot was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Fire personnel on scene were told a gust of wind rocked the plane as Ryosuke was attempting a landing, causing the plane's left wing, propellers and nose to hit the runway. The flight student was transported to a regional hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the fire district.

The aero academy has campuses in Hillsboro, Prineville and Troutdale. It offers flight instruction to regional and international students.

Another plane using the airport was preparing to land when the flight instructor noticed emergency vehicles on the runway and landed on a patch of grass nearby.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Calls to Hillsboro Aero Academy were not returned before presstime.