State - INACTIVE

Small plane damages aircraft at Columbia airport

A pilot was injured Thursday afternoon when her small airplane struck three parked aircraft in a rough landing at Columbia Airport near Sonora, Tuolumne County sheriff's officials reported Friday.

The pilot, Jeanne Wildman of Independence, Ore., was hospitalized with a broken arm and a laceration on the other arm.

Wildman tried to land the aircraft shortly after 4 p.m.

A witness told authorities the airplane encountered strong crosswinds as it approached the runway. Sheriff's officials said Wildman appeared to have trouble compensating.

The plane touched down, bounced up to about 15 feet off the runway, then struck the parked aircraft. The passenger in the plane, Wildman's husband, Richard, did not appear to be hurt, sheriff's officials said.

It was unclear what kind of damage the parked aircraft sustained.

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

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating the crash.

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