A father and son from Prineville escaped without serious injury Wednesday when their small plane lost power, clipped some treetops and crashed about a mile west of Black Butte Ranch, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.
Larry Goodman, 56, was at the controls of his 1979 Piper Super Cub, returning to Prineville after picking up his son, Clay Levi Goodman, in Corvallis when the crash occurred around noon, said sheriff’s Sgt. Shane Nelson. The 19-year-old is a student at Oregon State University.
The pilot told deputies the plane suddenly lost power. He attempted an emergency landing at Black Butte Ranch, the resort west of Sisters, but lost power too quickly and clipped the treetops, causing the crash near Forest Service Road 2061.
Larry Goodman sustained only a minor arm injury, Nelson said, and his son was unhurt, but the plane was a total loss. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash, the sergeant added.