Nephew of Vic Atiyeh injured in Ark. plane crash

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Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 1:58 PM

HARRISON, Ark. -- The Boone County Sheriff's Office says one person was injured after a small plane crashed at the Boone County Regional Airport.

The sheriff's office says the crash happened Wednesday. According to initial findings, the 1964 Piper Twin Comanche crashed shortly after takeoff into a field on airport property.

The sheriff's office says 66-year-old pilot George Atiyeh of Lyons, Oregon, was injured in the crash. He was airlifted to a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he is listed in serious condition.

Atiyeh is the nephew of former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh and was active the fight for the preservation of old-growth forests the Opal Creek area of the Cascade Mountains. The area was declared off limits to logging in 1996.

Atiyeh was the only person on board the plane at the time of the crash. Authorities say the National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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