PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A pilot was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries after the small plane he was flying crashed Wednesday afternoon in Eagle Creek, deputies said.
The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. at the Eagle Nest Ranch Airport and the pilot — who has not been identified — was the only person on board, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken by Life Flight to a nearby hospital.
Deputies said the plane appeared to crash on take-off from a private airfield called Eagle Creek Airport. The crash started a small fire that was quickly extinguished by responding fire crews. Clackamas Fire District #1 said an off-duty firefighter was in the area, saw the smoke and rushed over to help the pilot.
The cause of the crash is unclear at this time. An investigation is underway.
KOIN 6 News will update this story as soon as possible.