Pilot sustains minor injuries in Chadron airport crash

An Oregon man sustained minor injuries Wednesday morning after he crashed his plane at the Chadron Municipal Airport shortly after takeoff. Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino says officers responded to the airport just before seven this morning and learned the pilot was 66 year old William G. Earl, of Jacksonville Oregon.

Lordino says the investigation indicated Earl was attempting to take off when he reported he had a mechanical problem with the cockpit canopy, which caused the airplane to nose back down onto the runway. Earl's airplane skidded to a stop just off the main runway. Earl's plane sustained significant damage and is probably a total loss. Earl transported himself to the Chadron Municipal Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. There were no other passengers and weather conditions were favorable.

FAA officials out of Rapid City, South Dakota responded to Chadron and are currently the lead investigation agency handling the accident.

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