One of our intrepid homegrown reporters tells us that early Saturday afternoon a pilot out of Astoria, with another person aboard, was coming in for a landing at Newport in his twin-engine aircraft when something suddenly went wrong.
As they neared the ground, his rudder-control lever froze in the left position, causing the aircraft to veer away from the runway. As you can see in the photo the plane appeared to have come to a cushioned stop thanks to some strong but flexible coastal brush. Reports say the pilot and his passenger were shook up but otherwise they’re okay. It’s like the old saying: Any landing you walk away from is a good landing.
National Transportation Safety Board staff will, no doubt, be visiting the crash scene to figure out what happened to the rudder control or anything else that may have contributed to the “home-built” aircraft’s less-than-elegant return to Earth.