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Tigard man escapes injury in plane crash

A Tigard man is uninjured after a plane he was flying on Sunday crashed near Sisters.

According to Lt. Bryan Husband with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Bernath, 53, of Tigard was flying a single-engine ultralight plane from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 1.

Strong headwinds caused the plane to use more fuel than expected, Husband said. The pilot attempted to make an emergency landing at the Sisters Eagle Airport at about 6:15 p.m., but the small plane ran out of fuel before it was able to land.

A neighbor called 911 after finding the plane on its side in a field about 200 yards from the airport’s runway.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Sisters Fire Department responded to the scene, where they found Bernath unharmed.

The plane was not as lucky. Husband said the fixed-wing, two-seater airplane sustained significant damage to its nose and undercarriage in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.

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