News Plane Crashes — 09 May 2017

A pilot was injured Monday afternoon when his plane crashed during takeoff at the Coeur d’Alene Airport.

Frank G. Gordon of Coeur d’Alene was the only occupant of the single-engine aircraft when it crashed at about 1:40 p.m., according to a news release from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. The plane came to rest on a taxiway near Ramsey Road and Wyoming Avenue.

Gordon, 61, was conscious and alert when emergency personnel arrived. He received “obvious minor injuries” and was taken Kootenai Health, the release said.

Airport operations were unaffected, said Detective Dennis Stinebaugh, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

He said the cause of the crash is unknown, and the National Transportation and Safety Board will take over the investigation.

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Shortly before 1:40 p.m. today, deputies from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and Northern Lakes Fire personnel were dispatched to the CD’A Airport reference an airplane crash.

First responders located a small, single-engine aircraft with extensive damage to the engine area and right wing. The pilot was identified as Frank G. Gordon, 61, of Coeur d’Alene. Gordon was the only occupant of the aircraft at the time of the crash. Gordon was conscience and alert when medical personnel arrived with obvious minor injuries sustained in the crash. Gordon was transported to Kootenai Health by medical personnel for treatment of his injuries.

Preliminary interviews indicate Gordon was likely taking off from the CD’A Airport when the crash occurred. Witnesses advised the plane had taken off but then, for unknown reasons, abruptly crashed. The airplane came to rest along a taxiway, within the airport’s fenced property, near Ramsey Rd. and Wyoming Ave.

The local office of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the local office of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have both been notified of this incident. The NTSB will be the lead agency investigating this incident.

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