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80YO Pilot Escapes Injury In Crash

At about 2:15 p.m. today, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an airplane crash off US 95, near Whitla Road, about 10 miles south of Coeur d’Alene. The caller said she was traveling on US 95 when she witnessed an airplane crash land on the east side of the highway. Deputies found the pilot, Ronald Tacheny 80, of Coeur d’Alene, walking near the airplane. Tacheny said he was not injured and described the crash as a “rough landing.” Deputies found that as Tacheny was landing his experimental bi-plane on his private landing strip, he misjudged the terrain and the left wheel struck the soft dirt, breaking the wheel assembly. The plane then traveled a short distance where the left wing struck a bush and spun the plane to a stop. Full KCSD news release here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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