Witness says aircraft appeared to lose power before crashing into mobile home park on Sandoz Road

A local pilot walked away from his crashed power-glider in Newberg over the weekend.NDPD PHOTO - The remains of a power glider that crashed into the fence of a manufactured home park on Sandoz Road attest to the force with which the aircraft plummeted to the ground.

Dispatchers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department received a call at 2:56 p.m. Saturday that a glider had crashed into Avalon Park in the 1500 block of Sandoz Road. The manufactured home park sits about a half-mile southeast of Sportsman Airpark.

The glider had crashed into a six-foot wooden fence in Space 7 of the park. At first, a police report said, pilot Douglas Lange attempted to leave the scene to seek medical care, but neighbors told him a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue rig was on the way. He was transported to Providence Newberg Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

A witness, the NDPD report said, told officers the aircraft didn't appear to be under power before the crash and that it appeared to be in a flat spin as it lost elevation. Federal Aviation Administration officials were notified of the crash, but chose not to investigate because of the aircraft's classification and the fact there were no additional injuries, the report said.

There was no damage to property other than the fence and the glider, police said, nor did a fire break out on the ground.

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