Mayor crash-landed plane on beach
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of a town on the Oregon coast who crash-landed his small plane on the beach after it had engine trouble says he is recuperating at home from torn cartilage in his chest, and asked for prayers for one of his passengers who was seriously injured.
Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer, 66, said on Facebook that he and his two passengers were returning from whale-watching in his Cessna 172 Skyhawk II on Monday when the engine trouble started. Sawyer says a third passenger, a 7-year-old boy whom Sawyer identified as his other passenger’s grandson, was unhurt. The Oregon State Police identified the injured female passengers as Deborah Reasoner, 61, from Molalla, Oregon.
Sawyer said on Tuesday that Reasoner, who was flown to a hospital in Portland, is doing better.