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Woman hit by small plane while kayaking on Willamette River in Yamhill County

Officials said the 42-year-old from McMinnville was seriously injured after being hit by a plane that had just taken off from a gravel bar along the river.
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A McMinnville woman suffered injuries to her head and leg after being hit by a small plane while kayaking on the Willamette River on Aug. 4.

YAMHILL COUNTY, Ore. — A kayaker was hit by a small plane that had just taken off from a gravel bar along the Willamette River west of Woodburn Wednesday afternoon. 

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office said the 42-year-old McMinnville woman suffered serious injuries to her head and leg, but she is expected to survive. 

Deputies said the woman was kayaking with her mother near the Willamette's Lower Lambert Bar off River Road Northeast when the incident happened. 

The 69-year-old pilot, a Hillsboro resident, had landed a Piper Super Cub airplane on the bar and hit the woman after taking off. 

The pilot was experienced in taking off from gravel bars along the river, a sheriff's office spokesman said. Deputies are treating the incident as an accident.

No names have been released and the investigation is ongoing. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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