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Plane crash near Clastkanie sends pilot to hospital
One person was sent to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after a plane crashed near Wallace Island on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.
Oregon State Police were dispatched to the scene at 1:36 p.m. March 20 after a 911 caller reported seeing a red plane upside down in the river. Members of the Coast Guard were also sent to the crash.
Oregon State Police Sgt. Kaipo Raiser initially said two people were recovered and transported to a Vancouver hospital, but the agency later clarified that only a pilot was recovered from the plane.
Douglas Paul Pflugradt, 67, from Mattawa, Wash., was recovered and transported to Pearson Airfield in Vancouver, according to a news release from OSP.
There were no passengers in the aircraft.
"Pflugradt indicated he was attempting to land on a sandbar of Wallace Island because he was experiencing mechanical issues.," the news release states. "The aircraft Pflugradt was operating is identified as a Kit Fox Super Sport."
Pflugradt's plane flipped onto its top during a landing attempt, the release states.
As of 3:30 p.m., attempts to remove the plane from the sandbar before rising tide were still underway
An investigation into the crash is underway.
Wallace Island is a three-mile island situated just outside of Clatskanie in the Columbia River.
This story is still developing. More details will be published as they become available.
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