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Two Uninjured After OSP Airplane Hits Rocks During Takeoff in Lake County
09/04/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) pilot and ODFW passenger were not injured Thursday morning when the OSP aircraft struck some rocks while attempting to take off from a remote gravel road in the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge about 40 miles northeast of Lakeview.
 
On September 4, 2008 at approximately 10:15 a.m. OSP Senior Trooper Dewayne Price and ODFW District Wildlife Biologist Craig Foster were working in the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge area in Lake County taking a Bighorn Sheep census. As the 1981 Cessna A185F Skywagon II four-seat aircraft was accelerating on a rough gravel road surface for takeoff, it veered off the road and struck several rocks.
 
Conditions were clear and visibility unrestricted.
 
Damage to the aircraft's under carriage and wing will require it to be removed from the area on a flatbed truck.