Pilot suffers minor injuries in Sunday plane crash

Piper PA 22-135 plane crashed after takeoff from airport

Two days after an aircraft incident at the Homer Airport, another plane on Sunday crashed on takeoff near the airport, landing in the Mariner Park Slough near the base of the Homer Spit. The pilot and only person on board had minor injuries and was taken to South Peninsula Hospital, according to Homer Police.

Homer Police and Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and medics responded.

According to police, at about 4:45 p.m. Sept. 13 while heading west from the airport, the single-engine Piper 22-135 appeared to have had engine trouble. It hit the soft sand, spinning around, bending the propeller and collapsing the landing gear. The left wingtip also was damaged.

The plane landed in a slough near Mariner Park west of the Homer Spit Road that on extreme high tides can be filled with water and is a common bird watching site during the spring shorebird migration. The crash happened right before the low tide at 6:26 p.m. and the area near the crash was totally dry.

Arrangements were being made late Sunday afternoon to remove the plane.

This is a developing story and updates will be forthcoming.

Reach Michael Armstrong at marmstrong@homernews.co.