By Kelsey McGee
SUNRIVER, Ore. (KTVZ) – Two people escaped injury when their small plane crashed during a takeoff attempt Wednesday evening at the Sunriver Airport, police said.
The crash of the single-engine Cessna was reported around 5:10 p.m., Sunriver Police Sgt. Stephen Lopez told NewsChannel 21 at the scene.
“It appears it was a failed attempt to take off,” Lopez said. “We responded, along with Sunriver Fire and Rescue.”
The first responders arrived and found the plane about 20 feet off the runway. The learned the plane’s two occupants were unhurt and declined medical attention, the sergeant said.
Police and firefighters took precautions to avoid any potential danger from the crash, as a small fuel leak occurred.
“Fuel can be a concern,” Lopez said. “Again, it’s the fumes from the fuel, can be nauseous, can be a hazardous material and or a fire hazard. So any time there’s anything, any kind of vehicle collision and-or aircraft crash in this case, those precautions must be taken.”
The resort community’s first responders also notified the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates aircraft incidents. Lopez said no criminal charges are expected.
The airport’s runway was closed until the significantly damaged plane could be move to a safe location. It reopened at 7:20 p.m., Lopez said.