June 17, 2013 in Region

Pilot uninjured in Bonner County plane crash

Bonner County Sheriff's Office courtesy photo

This airplane crashed Sunday at Cavanaugh Bay Airstrip in Coolin, Idaho, when, according to the pilot, aircraft slid on the grass and and was unable to stop.
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A pilot walked away after his private plane slid off a runway near Priest Lake, Idaho on Sunday evening.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Joseph Burch, of Texas, was landing at Cavanaugh Bay Airstrip in Coolin when he was unable to stop at the south end of the runway, a release from the Bonner County Sheriff’s office said.

The plane slid across Eastshore Road and came to rest in the brush and small trees. The plane sustained extensive damage, the release said.

Burch was the only person in the aircraft at the time of the crash.

The investigation was forwarded to the Federal Aviation Administration for any additional follow-up.

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