2 seriously injured in small plane crash near Hillsboro

A single-engine Yakovlev Yak-52 airplane sits in an orchard outside of Hillsboro Thursday, April 26, 2018 after it reportedly experienced engine problems and crashed. The two men onboard were seriously injured. (Photo: Washington County Sheriff's Office)

Two men were seriously injured Thursday afternoon after the small passenger plane they were aboard crashed into an orchard outside of Hillsboro, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The crash was reported around 4:20 p.m. in a filbert orchard at Duyck Family Farms Produce near TV Highway and SW 331st Avenue. The plane was approaching the Hillsboro Airport when it experienced engine trouble, the sheriff's office said.

Responding deputies rendered first aid to the two men inside the single-engine Yakovlev Yak-52 plane until medics arrived.

Crews worked to get them out of the plane. One person was taken to the hospital in a Life Flight helicopter. The other was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

The sheriff's office said the men are 73 and 88 years old. They were both in serious condition Thursday night.

The plane is registered to the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum at the Hillsboro Airport.

James Wart, a farmer, was selling fruit on the corner when he saw the plane out of the corner of his eye.

"He came right over the top of this tree and missed the wires and headed straight for the deciduous tree out there," he said.

He said the plane basically glided into the trees.

"There was no sound. He was dead-sticking. Quiet. All I heard was the prop turning," Wart said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating the crash.

No one on the ground was hurt.

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