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Plane's light knocks man in head

A photographer taking photos at Tigard airfield gets struck on the runway

Tigard - A Gresham man remains in serious condition after an airplane struck him at a Tigard airfield.

According to Washington County sheriff's deputies, Danny Oothoudt, 63, was taking photos at Meyer Riverside Airpark off Beef Bend Road on Sunday when he was struck in the head by a passing plane.

Deputies were called to the airpark, a private airfield located at 16518 S.W. Meyer Lane, at about 4:30 p.m., after Oothoudt had been struck.

The plane's pilot, 59-year-old Timothy Akers of Portland, told deputies Oothoudt was standing in the runway taking photos when he was hit by the airplane.

Akers told investigators the Challenger II ultralight "kit plane" had landed and was taxiing down the grassy airstrip when Oothoudt was struck. Akers said a light fixture at the edge of the plane's wing ran into Oothoudt's head.

The force knocked Oothoudt unconscious, deputies said. He was taken to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, where he remains in serious but stable condition.

"He got a pretty severe head injury," said Washington County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray. "This is not the type of ultralight that we would normally think of. It's not a hangglider with a motor on the back, this is a fixed-wing aircraft."

The pilot does not face any charges, Ray said, but the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.




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