With correction as to ownership of the airport, state instead of Port of Toledo.
Toledo Fire and Police raced today to the Port of Toledo’s small airstrip off of Bay Road on a report that a plane had crashed and that there were two injured people. When fire and police got there they found indeed the passenger in this Cessna 182 had suffered facial cuts and bruises from the plane running off the north end of the runway. The pilot, a gentleman from Roseburg, said he was coming in on some personal business and just didn’t realize how short the airstrip is.
His passenger, who also happened to be his son-in-law, was loaded aboard an ambulance and taken to PCH in Newport for a quick check-out and some wound cleaning. The pilot appeared to be uninjured.
There has been talk in the past of closing the airport since it is only lightly used. The Oregon State Department of Aviation owns the property. However between its light use and proximity to Port of Toledo property and proximity to the river, the airstrip is the object of ongoing speculation about its future use. But since the state has jurisdiction over such airfields, any change in land use could prove problematic. In the event of an earthquake that damaged Newport’s airport, Toledo would be the closest one to allow rapid access to outside-the-area emergency responders as well as an initial source of emergency medical supplies. So, it’s all in the eyes of the beholder as to what’s the highest and best use for any piece of property.