Oregon pilot survives mid-air collision

Oregon pilot survives mid-air collision

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Chris Jordan took off Friday from Roseburg in a single-engine Piper Tri-Pacer, bound for a fly-in event in Idaho.

As Jordan came in for a landing at Yellow Pine in Idaho, a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron came down on top of his plane.

The two aircraft tumbled out of the sky from 60 feet up in a mid-air collision that cost a 2-year-old Utah boy his life.

"Just the fact I'm here is a major miracle," Jordan said. "A much larger miracle that both of us survived the accident."

Jordan and his friend, Dan Sprague, were going to Idaho for a fly-in at Johnson Creek Airport.

The two planes collided in mid-air.
 
"It hit me hard enough to take my cargo door off my airplane," Jordan said. "I remember the sound of all the air. Things are coming apart."

Just before the crash, Jordan heard a warning on the radio.

"I wasn't aware that anybody was coming down on me until that radio call," he said.

Then the crash happed. Jordan broke his teeth and sprained a wrist. Sprague had to have leg surgery.

The 2-year-old boy in the other plane died. His father, the pilot, survived.