Pilot walks away from crash uninjured

Published Sep 2, 2013 at 05:00AM

A pilot from Tigard made an emergency crash landing near the Sisters Eagle Airport on Sunday evening.

A resident who lives near the airport called 911 to report the crash soon after 6 p.m. Sunday, said Lt. Bryan Husband from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. The resident reported the single engine ultralight plane was on its side in a field, roughly 200 yards southeast of the airport.

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District arrived first at the scene, and sheriff’s deputies and Oregon State Police troopers also responded, Husband said.

They found 53-year-old Daniel Bernath, of Tigard, who had been flying home from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Bernath experienced strong headwinds, which caused him to use more fuel than expected, Husband said. The pilot decided to stop at the Sisters Eagle Airport, but he ran out of fuel before reaching that destination.

“But he was able to do a somewhat controlled crash in the empty field to the southeast of the airport,” Husband said.

Medical personnel from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District examined Bernath and determined he was uninjured.