Student, instructor injured in small plane crash near Farmington
Two men were injured when a small plane they were flying crash-landed at the Twin Oaks Airpark on Thursday afternoon just south of the rural Washington County community of Farmington.
At 2:29 p.m. Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to report of a plane crash.
"When we got here, we saw that the plane had a student and an instructor," said Sheriff spokesperson Bob Ray. "It wasn't a new student, from what we know. They were getting their advanced certification."
According to Ray, the plane — a small single-engined aircraft — came into the runway too low and clipped the hillside on the southwestern corner of the airpark complex.
The impact sheared off two of the airplane's wheels. The pilot quickly pulled up, then dove back into the ground — hard, Ray said.
The instructor walked away from the site of the crash, Ray said, but the student needed medical assistance. Both were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Ray said there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the crash, and there was no evidence of impairment. The FAA will investigate the crash, he said.
An employee at Twin Oaks Airpark confirmed the incident was under investigation, but declined further comment.
The airport, which includes almost a dozen hangers for personal aircraft, is a base for Oregon Flight Training and TNG Aviation, another flight school.
Ray said he expects the airpark to be closed for the new few hours.
This is the second time the FAA has investigated an incident at Twin Oaks Airpark this year. On March 12, according to FAA records, a landing airplane veered off the runway and into mud before nosing over and sustaining damage to the tail section. The FAA found the pilot, a 44-year-old man, failed to maintain control of the aircraft after it had touched down.
A plane crash near Hillsboro hasn't resulted in a fatality since 2006, when pilots were killed on two separate incidents. One incident occurred near Twin Oaks Airpark when a 54-year-old man attempted to land his plane after the engine failed on a cold day in December.
A 73-year-old man was killed in July 2006 shortly after takeoff from Hillsboro Airport. His aircraft had been on display at the Oregon International Air Show.