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Pilot Injured in Ultralight Crash at Mulino Airport (PHOTO UPDATE)

The injured pilot received several facial lacerations and a broken ankle as a result of the crash.

Ridge Runner II Ultralight
Photos of crashed aircraft and LifeFlight response
Courtesy: Clackamas County Sheriff

(MULINO, Ore.) - Clackamas County deputies say an ultralight aircraft crashed today at 12:36 PM during takeoff from the Mulino Airport in rural Clackamas County.

Detective Jim Strovink, Spokesman for the Clackamas Sheriff's Office, says the ultralight is described as a fixed wing, single engine "Ridge Runner 2" that was manufactured in 2005. Its registered owner is from Tacoma, Washington.

Strovink says the male pilot was the sole person onboard during take off when this aircraft crashed at the north end of the Mulino runway.

Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene with Molalla Fire Rescue personnel and spoke with the injured pilot prior to being airlifted to a local Portland hospital, OHSU.

"The injured pilot is described to have been conscious and breathing by attending rescue personnel; however, is further described to have received several facial lacerations and a broken ankle as a result of the crash," Strovink said.

The name of the injured pilot will be made available as soon as notification of family members has been completed.

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J E November 30, 2008 3:21 pm (Pacific time)

I just wanted to clarify a few points since this story is being reported in Seattle as well as Portland media outlets.
This is not an Ultralight as was reported. It is an experimental aircraft.
It did not crash on takeoff. It crashed when the airplane stalled while the pilot was performing a right turn in an attempt to return to the airport. The pilot was involved in performing the taxi and flight test flying so that it could be completely certified. Since he was at a low altitude he was unable to correct from the effects of the stall. Although he told me many times that he was attempting to perform a recovery. He simply ran out of room.
He is doing well today, (he woke up this morning) and is very thankful for all of the emergency personnel and good samaritans who assisted him after he crawled out of the cockpit. He is a very conscientious pilot and tried hard to do this "by the book." The plane just fell out of the sky.
Your positive thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated during this time of surgery, rehab and recovery.

Tim King:  I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to add an important clarification.  I hope this gentleman has a speedy recovery.

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