Pilot aces emergency landing
Lebanon-area man walked away from a crash landing after maneuvering his single-engine airplane between a house and barn, taking out only a couple fences during the process.
Pilot Jim Sieminski, 69, was uninjured after the Friday morning accident northwest of Lebanon that ended in a grass-seed field.
“The wind got me and it blew me sideways,” Sieminski said.
Shortly before 9 a.m., the pilot started his take-off in his 1946 single-engine Luscombe 8A from the 2,000-foot Tallman Field runway south of Truelove Drive.
He was in the air when his plane caught a crosswind, causing it to make a sharp 90-degree left turn. As the plane veered off course, it brushed the tops of a few trees.
“It just clipped the treetop a bit; that slowed me down too much,” Sieminski said. “The wind got behind me; I couldn’t get air under my wings anymore.”
Sieminski was able to maneuver the plane through a pasture between a house and barn to make an emergency landing. As the plane came down, it busted through two fences.
The plane then hit a ditch and a raised shoulder on Truelove Drive, shearing off a wheel and turning the plane 180 degrees. It came to rest in a grass seed field about a quarter mile from the runway.
The Lebanon fire district and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.
Sieminksi and airstrip owner Bill Johnson planned to spend the morning taking the wings off the plane and removing it by flatbed.
The plane, which is valued at about $15,000, is a total loss, Sieminksi said.
Sieminski said he was flying his plane to Lebanon for the aircraft’s annual inspection.
“I’ve got 400 hours,” of flight time with the plane, Sieminski said. “I was a pretty proficient pilot until today.”