Plane crashes on takeoff at Hillsboro airport

Plane crashes on takeoff at Hillsboro airport

Plane crashes on takeoff at Hillsboro airport

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by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 2:55 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A pilot taking a flying lesson crashed on takeoff at a private airstrip in Washington County Monday, but no one was seriously injured.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m., at the Twin Oaks Airport on Southwest River Road.

Lars Ljungqvist, 26, of Gaston, was learning to fly a multi-engine airplane for the first time when a door popped open. Kathleen Mikitka, 42, of Hillsboro, was also on the plane, as the flight instructor.

Ljungqvist and Mikitka were trying to end the flight before takeoff and the plane ran off the end of the runway.

“The plane went over an embankment causing the nose and engines to collide with the ground,” said Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. “The plane came to a stop about 30 feet short of entering the Tualatin River.”

The plane was totaled but Ljungqvist and Mikitka were able to walk away from the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration responded to investigate.

Ray said Ljungqvist has his single-engine pilot’s license but this was his first time flying a multi-engine plane.

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