August 23, 2011 in City, Idaho

Chattaroy man injured in plane crash at Priest Lake

Bonner County Sheriff's Office photo

This Cessna plane crashed near Priest Lake today. The pilot, Dr. John Hershey of Chattaroy, was hospitalized.
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A Chattaroy man is in the hospital after he crashed his small plane at Priest Lake today.

Dr. John Hershey was conscious when emergency crews found his wrecked Cessna plane at the Cavanagh Bay airstrip, on the south end of Priest Lake in Coolin, Idaho.

Witnesses said Hershey was trying to land when the plane veered off the runway about 11 a.m.

Hershey was taken by MedStar helicopter to Kootenai Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.

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