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Oregon pilot hurt in landing accident at Columbia Airport near Sonora

A small, kit-built airplane struck three parked aircraft in a rough landing Thursday afternoon at Columbia Airport near Sonora, and the pilot was hospitalized for a broken arm and a bad cut on her other arm, Tuolumne County officials said Friday.

The sheriff's department said the accident happened at 4:05 p.m.

A witness said the plane encountered strong crosswinds as it approached the runway. Pilot Jeanne Wildman of Independence, Ore., appeared to have trouble compensating. Authorities said the plane touched down, bounced up to 15 feet off the runway, and then struck the parked aircraft.

The passenger in the plane -- the pilot's husband, Richard Wildman -- did not appear to be hurt, the sheriff's report said.

The sheriff's department did not describe or estimate any damage to the parked aircraft.

The Wildman's plane is a Vans Aircraft RV6A, a kit model with three wheels for landing gear.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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