Man in hospital after plane crash at Oregon Dunes

Man in hospital after plane crash at Oregon Dunes »Play Video
This plane crashed in the Oregon Dunes on Sunday, November 17. The pilot was OK. His passenger was flown to a hospital in Eugene. (Photo courtesy Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rentals)

LAKESIDE, Ore. - An air ambulance flew a 73-year-old man from the scene of a plane crash in the Oregon Dunes National Park Recreation Area to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene on Sunday.

Rich Smith of Lakeside was admitted to the intensive care unit with injuries sustained in the crash, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said. The hospital said Tuesday that Smith was listed in fair condition.

The pilot, 53-year-old Ron Schick of North Bend, reported no injuries after the crash, the sheriff said.
The 2-seat plane lost engine power shortly after takeoff, the sheriff said.

Schick tried to lane on a flat area of the dunes north of Eel Lake Campground. But the plane lacked the power to make it and struck the side of a dune instead, the sheriff said.

"We had to approach on foot going up and down the dunes trying to figure out where the crash was at," Coos County Dept. Doug Miler said.

FAA registration records indicate the plane belongs to Raymond Hebert of Florence. The plane, classified as an experimental and amateur-built aircraft, was constructed in 1989, records show.